The Trident Formula 2 team has terminated its contract with driver Santino Ferrucci, who is banned from competing in the next four races.
Ferrucci received his ban after colliding with team mate Arjun Maini following the Silverstone F2 sprint race, failing to appear before the stewards and committing several other offences.
“This decision was motivated by the events – which are now of public domain – occurred at Silverstone, as well as by the serious breach of driver’s payment obligations,” said the team in a statement.
“Since the beginning of the championship, the driver justified its payments’ default with alleged failure by his sponsors to fulfil their obligations. It seems weird that, despite such kind of issues, Santino Ferrucci had the resources needed to enter the Detroit Indy race from June 1st to 3rd while, at the same time, he was not honouring his agreement with Trident Motorsport.”
Trident previous accused Ferrucci and his father of “unsportsmanlike and above all uncivilised behavior” during the British Grand Prix weekend.
Ferrucci issued an apology for his behaviour on social media last week. “There was no intent, premeditation or any type of retaliation by my actions, only anger and frustration as this has been an horrific year,” he wrote.
“I have no excuse other than the fact that I am a 20-year-old Italian American with a deep passion for motorpsort, which is a very emotional sport. While there has been much provocation leading to my mental lapse, it is still not an excuse and I will make sure that this does not happen again.”
Ferrucci and Maini are both members of Haas’s young driver programme. The team is yet to decide how it will respond to last week’s incident.
“Haas F1 Team remains committed to gathering all of the facts and having in-person conversations with all the individuals involved in the situation,” it said in a statement.
“We are being diligent, but our priority is the last two races before the summer shutdown. While we want as better understanding of everything that took place, we aren’t in a hurry because the German and Hungarian Grands Prix are, quite frankly, more important.”
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