Massa pleased to see Felipe Nasr on 2015 F1 grid


Felipe Massa has said that he is happy to see fellow Brazilian and newly-appointed Sauber driver Felipe Nasr get a drive for the 2015 Formula 1 season.

In a move from left-field, Sauber confirmed on Wednesday that it had signed Nasr alongside Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson for the 2015 season, replacing the current line-up of Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez.

Nasr becomes the second Brazilian driver in the field after Massa, who said he was pleased by the news during the FIA press conference on Thursday at Interlagos.

“I’m happy for him,” Massa said. “I think for Brazil it’s great to have another Brazilian driver racing. I’m quite close to him, we’ve worked together the whole season inside the team.

“He’s in GP2, maybe his third season in GP2 so it’s his time, his opportunity to go to Formula 1, otherwise it starts to be a little bit more difficult after that so I’m happy that he had his opportunity, his chance and I hope the best for him.

“I hope the best for him and I hope that we can bring our Brazilian flag on the top now with two drivers, not just one.”

Nasr joins Sauber at a time when the team is struggling financially, but could yet face more problems as Adrian Sutil is known to have a firm contract for next season that would have to be compensated for.

Massa appreciated that it is a difficult time for Sauber, but hopes Nasr can be given a real chance to show what he can do in F1.

“Definitely, it’s not a great moment for Sauber,” Massa said. “I don’t know exactly how it’s going to be next year, his team, I don’t know which car and how competitive they can be, seeing that they are suffering a little bit of crisis and crisis is not good for everything you’re doing.

“But anyway, I hope the best for him and I hope he can have a good start and a good experience and being in Formula 1 for a long time, not just for a few years.”

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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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.