Hamilton’s charge halted by something in his eye (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton has been left frustrated after finishing today’s Monaco Grand Prix in second place, citing that something in his eye towards the end of the race scuppered his chances of catching race winner and teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton was fuming yesterday after missing out on pole position under controversial circumstances, and a good start from Rosberg meant that he trailed heading into the first round of pit stops. He vented his anger to the team over the radio after stopping, believing that he should have done so one lap earlier, but remained within two seconds of Rosberg.

However, with just over 20 laps to go, Hamilton’s pace dropped. The team asked him what the problem was, and he informed them that he couldn’t see much after getting some dirt or dust in his eye. Third placed Daniel Ricciardo was closing quickly, but Hamilton cried: “I don’t care about Ricciardo! I want to know the gap to Nico please.”

Ultimately, he finished just four-tenths of a second ahead of Ricciardo, and was clearly disappointed in the post-race interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Not only has the Briton’s winning streak come to an end, but he has also lost the lead of the drivers’ championship to his teammate.

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.