Santino Ferrucci has been banned from the F2 races in Hungary and Belgium after deliberately crashing into his teammate Arjun Maini after the Sprint Race at Silverstone.
Following the chequered flag, the Haas junior driver drove into the back of his Trident team-mate leading Maini to say on the radio "there is something wrong with my teammates brain."
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Ferrucci then replied to Maini on a Sky Sports F1 tweet mentioning Maini's radio transmission saying "says the one crying on the radio. I just did my drugs test so I'm all clear ;). Maybe if they showed what you did to me during the race more people would understand.”
The stewards at Silverstone heard testimony from the Trident team that Ferrucci driving into Maini was premeditated.
Ferrucci declined to attend the stewards hearing.
The American was also disqualified from the Sprint Race results at Silverstone for a separate incident when he forced Maini off the track.
Ferrucci was also found to have driven his car from the support race paddock to the race pitlane wearing just one glove and holding a mobile phone, earning him a €6,000 fine.
Trident intends to show their solidarity and support to @ArjunMaini_ 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. https://t.co/Z78SjIjXXH— Trident Team (@trident_team) July 8, 2018
The contractual implications of what has happened will be dealt with by our lawyers. 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 Team (@trident_team) July 8, 2018
In total, the 20-year-old was slapped with several fines adding up to more than $100,000.
Haas F1 team principal Gunther Steiner said he would investigate the matter.
“I’m aware of the incident, I’ve seen it once on TV when they showed the race,” Steiner said, per Motorsport.com. “I didn’t really realize, I didn’t hear the audio, but I was made aware that there are some problems.
“I’m gonna deal with them in the week so I will get more information. I’m aware something happened but at the moment I don’t have enough information to comment on it.”