Provisional grid for the Singapore Grand Prix

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Despite dominating practice and the early stages of qualifying, Sebastian Vettel was somewhat fortunate to have secured pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix after opting not to run twice in Q3. This allowed Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean to take advantage of the grippier track, but none of them could overthrow the German driver at the top of the timesheets when it mattered.

Further down the grid, Fernando Alonso was forced to settle for P7 behind teammate Felipe Massa, whilst Esteban Gutierrez hit the headlines by getting into Q3 for the first time in his F1 career thanks to an aggressive strategy. Things were less encouraging for Kimi Raikkonen, who could only finish thirteenth after a back injury nearly forced him to miss qualifying altogether. He is however expected to race today.

Following qualifying, there have been no changes to the grid due to penalties handed out in Singapore or pre-existing penalties. However, the stewards did fine Giedo van der Garde, Esteban Gutierrez and Sebastian Vettel after all three drivers were judged to have broken the pit lane speed limit during practice on Friday.

Provisional grid for the Singapore Grand Prix

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus
4 Mark Webber Red Bull
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
8 Jenson Button McLaren
9 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso
10 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
13 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus
14 Sergio Perez McLaren
15 Adrian Sutil Force India
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams
17 Paul di Resta Force India
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams
19 Charles Pic Caterham
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia
22 Max Chilton Marussia

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”