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Formula 1 is set to enter the eye of the storm at Suzuka today as the 2014 drivers’ championship takes another twist at one of the sport’s most famous circuits.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have been going toe-to-toe all season long in one of the most exciting championship fights in recent years, and although some signs may suggest that we’re set for another Senna/Prost moment at Suzuka today, there is a bigger picture to be considered.

The inbound super typhoon Phanfone is threatening to rain on F1’s parade, meaning that everyone will have one eye on the sky. Should the predicted downpour hit and hit hard, it will make for a fascinating race – that is if they do get running.

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In qualifying yesterday, it was Rosberg who had the upper hand, producing a fine final lap in Q3 to secure his eighth pole position of the season by two-tenths of a second.

Never a man to settle for second place, Hamilton was strangely satisfied with his result following a crash in the final part of practice on Saturday. From second place, he will be gunning to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship and add his name to the list of illustrious winners at Suzuka.

The big news of the weekend is Sebastian Vettel’s shock decision to leave Red Bull at the end of the season, appearing set for a move to Ferrari as a replacement for Fernando Alonso, who may be bound for McLaren. Both drivers may have quite a bit more than the race on their mind today.

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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.