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Trident signs Haas juniors Ferrucci and Maini for F2

by Peter Allen

Photo: Zak Mauger/FIA Formula 2

Trident will run Haas Formula 1 junior drivers Santino Ferrucci and Arjun Maini in Formula 2 this year.

Ferrucci continues with the team after stepping up from GP3 in the middle of 2017, taking best finishes of ninth in his first two feature races at the Hungaroring and Spa.

Maini moves up from GP3 after coming ninth in the standings last year, winning the reversed-grid race at Barcelona.

Both drivers sampled the new F2 car with the team in last week’s shakedown at Magny-Cours.

“I’m extremely satisfied and motivated by our 2018 line-up which is a highly competitive and challenging one,” team manager Giacomo Ricci said.

“We will be able to rely on two undoubtedly talented drivers in order to build a prestigious future together.

“Santino Ferrucci merged with our team in perfect fashion last season and really impressed our engineers for his speed, driving skills and commitment. We hope to see him bring home solid results over the course of the season.

“On the other hand, we have been following Arjun Maini for a while. He showed great driving skills and race conduct which are going to be some really important aspects in a demanding series like Formula 2.”

Ferrucci said:?”I am very proud to be back at Trident for my first full season of F2.

“I think I fit extremely well in the team and we have strong potential this season to fight for a championship. I cannot wait to get back behind the wheel for our first pre-season test.”

Maini ran with both Trident and Russian Time in his maiden F2 test in Abu Dhabi in December, topping two sessions with the latter.

“I?m very excited to be competing in F2 with Team Trident,” said the Indian racer.

“I felt we were quite competitive during the post-season test and given that the series is using all new cars for the coming year, I?m quite excited for the year ahead.

“Trident is a very strong team and I?m sure that if we work hard we?ll be in for some strong results during the course of the coming season.”