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Haas: Ferrucci ‘surpassed expectations’

09.03.16 Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner says development driver Santino Ferrucci “surpassed expectations” following the youngster’s maiden Formula 1 test at Silverstone.

Ferrucci, who races in the GP3 Series, sampled the VF-16 for the first time during post-British Grand Prix testing on Tuesday, and returned to action for the team on Wednesday.

Steiner reckons Ferrucci, 18, who the mileage required for a Formula 1 Super Licence, compared well with regular drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez.

“I was positively surprised how ready he was for it,” said Steiner, when asked for his thoughts on Ferrucci.

“He worked hard to understand all the things he can do with the car; [Formula 1 cars] are so complex and complicated, and he was very good with it.

“I was very surprised about his speed as it’s difficult, he’s just 18, he’s young, but he was very prepared and everybody was [feeling] that he surpassed expectations.

“The engineering team overlays data with our drivers to see what he does, and they were all pretty happy, there were a lot of smiley people, which is good. “He was focused, so I’m very happy.”

Ferrucci is not scheduled to complete any further runs in 2016, with Charles Leclerc lined up for four more practice sessions after his debut last week.

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Haas: Ferrucci ‘surpassed expectations’

09.03.16 Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner says development driver Santino Ferrucci “surpassed expectations” following the youngster’s maiden Formula 1 test at Silverstone.

Ferrucci, who races in the GP3 Series, sampled the VF-16 for the first time during post-British Grand Prix testing on Tuesday, and returned to action for the team on Wednesday.

Steiner reckons Ferrucci, 18, who the mileage required for a Formula 1 Super Licence, compared well with regular drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez.

“I was positively surprised how ready he was for it,” said Steiner, when asked for his thoughts on Ferrucci.

“He worked hard to understand all the things he can do with the car; [Formula 1 cars] are so complex and complicated, and he was very good with it.

“I was very surprised about his speed as it’s difficult, he’s just 18, he’s young, but he was very prepared and everybody was [feeling] that he surpassed expectations.

“The engineering team overlays data with our drivers to see what he does, and they were all pretty happy, there were a lot of smiley people, which is good. “He was focused, so I’m very happy.”

Ferrucci is not scheduled to complete any further runs in 2016, with Charles Leclerc lined up for four more practice sessions after his debut last week.

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