Singapore marks Sauber’s best chance to score points in 2014

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Next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix is set to provide Sauber with its best chance of scoring some points in the 2014 F1 season as the team looks to avoid its worst ever year in the sport.

The Swiss outfit currently ranks P10 in the constructors’ championship without a single point to its name, as both Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil have struggled to work with the C33 car.

However, the tight and technical nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore should mask some of the weaknesses the car has, while a high rate of attrition could also work in the team’s favor.

“In terms of track layout, I think the characteristics will suit the C33,” Gutierrez said. “We have been working intensely on the mechanical set-up of the car, which will be crucial on this circuit, as the track has many tight corners and only a few short straights.

“I am really looking forward to the weekend, and especially to geting the maximum out of the updates to the car we are having there. It is going to be an interesting race, and there is a realistic chance for a positive result.”

Adrian Sutil agreed with his teammate, saying: “Sheer engine power is not crucial here, rather a high mechanical grip is important because of the many tight corners. Good stability of the car as well as high downforce will be essential, as the circuit has several kerbs and is quite bumpy in some places.

“I think we will have the best chance for a better result there.”

The race is one of the most exuberant and glamorous in Formula 1, given that it starts at 10pm local time and is run under floodlights. However, Sauber will know that if it does not pick up some points next weekend, its chances of doing so before the end of the season will be very slim indeed as the remaining five circuits appear to work against the C33 car.

Sauber’s worst season to date came in 1999, when Jean Alesi and Pedro Diniz amassed just five points across the course of the year.

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.