Webber a fan of Korean GP circuit

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The Korean Grand Prix may be one of the worst-attended races on the Formula One calendar, but Mark Webber has said that he likes the track at Yeongam due to its half-permanent, half-street circuit layout.

Webber enters the Korean Grand Prix under the cloud of a ten-place grid penalty following an incident at the end of the race in Singapore last weekend that has now been dubbed ‘taxigate’. However, he is still looking forward to racing at the circuit for the final time as a Formula One driver.

“I like the layout of the circuit in Korea,” Webber said. “The atmosphere at the track isn’t great because there aren’t many spectators, but the track’s got some challenging sections and some good corners. The last sector in particular is fun because it has a nice flow to it and the walls are pretty close, so you have to be very accurate with your line.”

Webber started on pole position for last year’s race before going on to finish second behind teammate Sebastian Vettel. However, the race also holds some bad memories for the Australian driver, with his retirement in 2010 proving costly in his only real shot for a drivers’ championship.

The race is set to move from its current fall slot in favor of an early position on the calendar, with a provisional date of April 27 being set for next year’s grand prix. However, along with the events in Mexico and New Jersey, the race is yet to be formally confirmed, suggesting that Korea could be at risk of dropping off the calendar as attendances dwindle.

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.