Pirelli not feeling the heat in Hungary

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Pirelli’s luck so far in 2013 has been ‘patchy’ to say the least, so one would be forgiven for thinking the worst when the introduction of the Italian manufacturer’s new tires coincides with one of the hottest races in the last decade. However, motorsport director Paul Hembery is pleased to report that there have been no issues with the tires during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Despite these extreme conditions, both the performance and durability of our new tires are in line with our expectations, with very little sign of any graining or blistering,” Hembery said in a statement. “The feedback from the drivers and teams so far has been very positive.”

This weekend sees the re-introduction of the 2012 tire constructions, intended to prevent a repeat of the multiple failures witnessed at the British Grand Prix last month.

Hembery has also spoken about the difference between the two compounds this weekend as well as predicting the strategies we can expect to see.

“The performance gap between the two compounds today was around 1.5 seconds and we are likely to see between two and three pit stops during the race, with the majority of the field qualifying on the soft tire.”

Earlier this week, Pirelli confirmed that they are still interested in supplying tires to the sport despite the controversy this season.

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.