Button: I gave it all I’ve got

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Jenson Button believes that he could not have done any more during qualifying for the German Grand Prix, calling his Q2 lap “the best lap I have done for a very long time”, although he is frustrated that such a performance was only good enough to see him qualify P9.

“The lap was the best lap I’ve done for a very long time,” Button said. “It felt good out there and I don’t think I left anything out there so it’s just a pity that that puts me P9 on the grid, not P1, so this is where we are right now. But we should be happy with what we’ve done this weekend and the car as you might notice on TV still isn’t working.”

The 2009 world champion did not post a time in Q3, instead settling to take on fresh tires for the start of the race tomorrow unlike the Ferraris who posted times on the medium compound to Button’s surprise.

“That’s a little bit surprising really. I suppose they’ve got good degradation those tires so interesting to see what happens with them tomorrow and I’ll be just waiting.”

Button used a similar strategy in China, starting on almost-fresh tires after setting a time over 30 seconds slower than pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton in Q3 before charging to finish a season-best of 5th in the race. Quite whether or not a similar result is on the cards tomorrow remains to be seen, but he clearly feels that he cannot get any more out of the car.

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.