Lewis Hamilton and Stirling Moss celebrate Mercedes at Silverstone

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Off the back of Mercedes’ first win of the 2013 season, the team has rolled back the years during an event at Silverstone circuit today with the help of 50s legend Sir Stirling Moss and current driver Lewis Hamilton.

Moss is widely considered to be one of the greatest Formula One drivers never to win the drivers’ world championship, and he raced for Mercedes in 1955 alongside five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio. The car, the Mercedes-Benz W196, saw Moss finish second in the championship behind Fangio. Mercedes would have won the constructors’ championship, but this was not an official title back in 1955.

At Silverstone today, Hamilton and Moss posed for pictures with their cars together; side by side, the development that Formula One has undergone is there for all to see, with the W196 and W04 separated by almost sixty years.

Hamilton also got the opportunity to get behind the wheel of Moss’s car for pictures, with the 2008 world champion receiving a lesson in the way it worked – a far simpler lesson to the high-tech steering wheels on today’s cars.

Although they may only be four years into their F1 comeback, Mercedes have certainly made an impact on the modern sport. However, events such as these prove that history is important to those at Brackley, and there are few more influential drivers than Stirling Moss.

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.