Daniel Juncadella set for FP1 run-out at Silverstone

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Force India reserve driver Daniel Juncadella will get back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car when he takes part in practice for the British Grand Prix next weekend.

The Spanish youngster joined Force India at the beginning of the year as its reserve driver, working in tandem with a full campaign in the German DTM championship, where he is yet to score a point in 2014.

He drove for the team in pre-season testing and during the session following the Spanish Grand Prix in May. However, the chance to finally impress in front of the F1 paddock at a race weekend is something that the 23-year-old is very excited about.

“I am delighted and ready and I’d like to thank Sahara Force India for this opportunity,” Juncadella said. “This will be the first time I take part in an official grand prix weekend session, so it will be a very special day for me.

“Since the start of the year back in Jerez, where I got my first chance to drive the car, I’ve been working very hard together with the team and I’ve definitely learned a lot.

“My second outing at the test in Barcelona and all the hours we’ve spent together on the simulator have given me plenty of confidence. They were also the perfect way to get to know the team better, something which I think is always essential in order to do well.”

Having enjoyed a successful junior career, Juncadella is pushing to make the step up to Formula 1 in the near future. Although he faces stiff competition from a number of other talented young drivers, practice sessions such as this will only aid his cause for a seat.

Juncadella will be joined in FP1 by Williams test driver Susie Wolff, who will become the first woman to take part in an F1 weekend session in 22 years.

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.