Grosjean: Retirement “just part of motor racing”

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Romain Grosjean said his retirement from the Spanish Grand Prix due to a suspension failure was “just a part of motor racing”.

Grosjean said “there was potential for a strong result today” despite him falling from sixth to ninth at the start.

“The car was feeling pretty good until we had an issue with the rear suspension which meant I had to return to the pits and retire from the race, which is a great shame,” he said.

“It’s always disappointing for everyone when something like this happens but there’s no-one to blame; it’s just a part of motor racing.”

Team principal Eric Boullier said: “We need to investigate what happened to Romain’s car. I feel sorry for him and for the team.”

Grosjean’s retirement ended Lotus’s streak of finishing every race this year with both cars in the points. However Kimi Raikkonen closed to within four points of Sebastian Vettel in the battle for the drivers’ championship.

“I’m delighted for the team to achieve another second place with Kimi today,” Boullier added. “Once again he drove fantastically and we were able to give him a great car with a good strategy.”

“We took points from Sebastian in the drivers’ championship, but we have lost out a bit in the constructors’ championship.”

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.