di Resta admits dual development efforts unlikely

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Force India’s Paul di Resta admitted continuing a dual development program between 2013 updates and the new 2014 chassis is unfeasible.

Come mid-season, the focus will have to shift entirely to the new 2014 car and the new set of technical regulations, rather than being able to continue updates for the current car.

“What’s more important is that you have a good rate of development until June or July. Then they will switch off,” di Resta told Autosport. “How much do you focus on a car that goes out of date in the middle of November?”

As one of the midfield runners, Force India is in a position where it doesn’t need to push the rate of development quite as much for the current season at a certain point, because it won’t be in contention for either championship.

That leads the Scot to believe, particularly more this year than in past years, that the top teams could be compromised because of the joint development efforts.

“The pressure is not about coming out at the top next year as it is for the likes of Ferrari and McLaren,” he added.

Force India has confirmed it will retain Mercedes engines for 2014 and beyond.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.