Daniil Kvyat set for engine penalty at Monza

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Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat is set to become the first driver to receive a grid penalty for exceeding the permitted number of components on his engine in 2014.

The Russian driver will be demoted 10 places on the grid for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix after the team requested to use its sixth internal combustion engine on his car, thus exceeding the allocation of five for the entire season.

A report from FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer reads:

“The internal combustion engine used by the above driver is the sixth new internal combustion engine for the 2014 championship season and as this is not in conformity with article 28.4a of the 2014 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”

In line with the new regulations for 2014, the stewards will hand Kvyat a 10-place grid penalty.

However, this could carry over to the next race in Singapore if he is unable to take the entire penalty at Monza this weekend. He must qualify higher than 13th to ensure that he will not be penalized ahead of the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in two weeks’ time.

The new engine regulations are very complex, and this extends to the penalties applicable to those exceeding the limits. Sebastian Vettel said in Belgium that he was expecting to be penalized before the end of the season, and he is unlikely to be the only one, given that many of the drivers are close to or using their fifth component.

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.