Ferrucci: 2017 F1 cars 'a bit scary at times'
11 August 2017 – Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci labelled 2017 Formula 1 machinery "a bit scary at times", following his first run out in the VF-17 at the Hungaroring last week.
Ferrucci, 19, joined Haas at the start of 2016 and piloted the squad's VF-16 at Silverstone, alongside his maiden campaign in the GP3 series.
Ferrucci stepped up to Formula 2 for Hungary, cutting short his GP3 stint, after which he sampled Haas' 2017 car, carrying out duties on both in-season test days.
The American youngster admitted he adopted a cautious approach at times, but felt he made progress over the course of his time in the car.
"Everything is a massive step, GP3 to F2 was huge," he said.
"On carbon brakes [in F2], my first push lap out I broke 30 metres too early, looked up, was at the 50 and had to get back on the gas.
"It was an experience, to get in [the F1] car, I was just getting used to the brakes in F2, in F1 the braking point is roughly the same, it wasn't that big a step.
"What's more of a step is the high speed, the F1 car is just nothing like anything [else].
"You're carrying 30 or 40 km/h more in every turn, from fourth and fifth gear [corners] upwards, and that's the hardest part to get used to."
Ferrucci expanded on his progress, commenting: "With low-speed and mid-speed I'm pretty sure I'm really on the limit, or within a km/h or two.
"In the high speed, obviously every lap I go through it's like half a km/h more, half a km/h more.
"The problem is though, when you find that limit, when you lose the car, you just kind of hit the brakes and hold on and try and keep it out of the way.
"This car on the limit, it can be a bit scary at times, so in the high-speed I prefer to just back off a few km/h and lose a tenth and be safe rather than risk it every lap."