The Trident Formula Two team have apologised to their driver Arjun Maini after team mate Santino Ferrucci was banned for four races for deliberately hitting him.
In an extraordinary incident, Trident and Haas development driver Ferrucci appeared to deliberately drive into the back of team mate Maini after the end of the Formula Two sprint race at Silverstone.
Initially after the incident, Ferrucci appeared to mock his team mate on Twitter. “Says the one that cries on the radio,” he posted. “I just did my drug test so I’m all clear.
“Maybe if they showed what you did to me during the race more people would understand.”
After Ferrucci’s ban was announced, Trident issued a public apology in which they came down firmly on Maini’s side.
“Trident intends to show their solidarity and support to Arjun Maini and his family, for the unsportsmanlike and above all uncivilized behavior that he was forced to endure not only during this last weekend by Santino Ferrucci and father, who accompanied him,” the team stated.
They indicated Ferrcci may not have a seat to return to once his ban ends.
“The contractual implications of what has happened will be dealt with by our lawyers,” said the team. “Never in these 12 years of sporting activity has anything even close to this ever occurred. We apologize for the show that we have regretfully offered.”
Trident currently languish at the bottom of the Formula Two team standings, with 30 points. Arjun Maini is currently 15th in the drivers’ standings on 23 points, while Ferrucci sits 18th on seven points.
Video: Ferrucci hits Maini
WATCH: “There’s something wrong with my team-mates brain, he needs banned," says @ArjunMaini_ after his @trident_team team-mate @SantinoFerrucci hits him on the slow down lap
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