Magnussen feeling uneasy about McLaren future

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Kevin Magnussen has admitted that he feels uneasy not knowing whether or not he has a future with McLaren in Formula 1.

The Danish driver made his debut at the beginning of the season, finishing second in his first race in Australia. However, since then, he has failed to finish any higher than seventh, and has struggled to get to grips with the MP4-29 car.

However, Magnussen is confident that the team can turn its fortunes around in 2014, and spoke to NBCSN’s Will Buxton about the team’s efforts on Thursday at Monza.

“Of course we want to speed things up but everyone is doing their best at McLaren,” he said. “We can still do better and we can still push harder. Every day we’ve just got to try and do that and improve things.

“In the end, we will get there. It’s frustrating at the moment, but if we give up, we’re not gonna get there.”

McLaren is currently going through a period of change ahead of Honda’s return as an engine supplier in 2015. Former team principal Martin Whitmarsh has left the team, allowing Ron Dennis to return to the helm as CEO. Eric Boullier has also been drafted in from Lotus for this year’s campaign.

The team is known to be chasing a big name to herald Honda’s return, with Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel both on its shortlist. This has cast doubt on the futures of both Magnussen and teammate Jenson Button, and the Dane admitted that he felt uncomfortable not knowing what his future would hold.

“It’s just not very nice not to know if you’re there next year or not,” Magnussen said. “But all I can do at the moment is do my best for the team.

“I do trust the team a lot, and I have big faith and belief in the team that they will get back on the top again. I want to be part of that.

“All I can do is just do my best and hopefully that’s good enough that they want to stay with me.”

In Belgium, Boullier confirmed that the team would not be waiting until the end of the season to make a decision about its driver line-up for the 2015 season.

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.