Starting grid for the Brazilian Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel’s domination of Formula One is something that even the weather gods cannot prevent, it would appear. Despite a deluge marring qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix that caused Q3 to be delayed by forty minutes, the four-time world champion still eased to pole position by over six-tenths of a second from Nico Rosberg, who made it an all-German front-row.

However, the race does not appear to be a foregone conclusion. With fast-starting Fernando Alonso in third place and Mark Webber – racing for the final time in Formula One – P4, both drivers will be flying the flag for the over-thirties as they look to bring Vettel’s winning streak to a shattering end at Interlagos on Sunday.

Following qualifying, there has been one change to the starting grid:

  • Sergio Perez has received a five-place grid penalty after his accident in Q2 meant that he required a new gearbox.

Additionally, Marussia received a fine for improperly releasing their cars in Q1 whilst Max Chilton and Esteban Gutierrez both received a reprimand.

Starting grid for the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

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

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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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.