Ericsson to start from pit lane after ignoring yellow flags

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Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson will start tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix from the pit lane after failing to slow down for double waved yellow flags during practice on Saturday morning at Monza.

The cautions were shown to allow marshals to recover the Force India car of Sergio Perez after the Mexican ground to a halt on the inside of Curva Grande, a high-speed corner.

However, Ericsson did not reduce his speed accordingly, and was summoned to the stewards to explain himself following the session.

After examining the video evidence and telemetry from Ericsson’s car, the stewards opted to severely punish him. He will start tomorrow’s race from the pits, and has also been handed three penalty points for his FIA superlicense. This takes his total for the season up to five.

Ericsson was due to start from the very back of the grid, having qualified in 22nd place today.

“This morning in FP3 we had a small problem with the engine before the performance run, so we didn’t get to do a proper run on the option tyres and therefore we went into qualifying a bit blind, unfortunately,” Ericsson explained.

“Everything worked fine in the afternoon, but we struggled to get the most out of the car.

“We need to look at the data tonight and see where we can improve compared to Kamui. I’m disappointed with the result but we will certainly fight back tomorrow!”

You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.