Hamilton: Everything to play for in Abu Dhabi (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton has said that there is everything to play for at the last race of the year in Abu Dhabi as he goes in search of a second Formula 1 world championship.

The British driver saw his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings fall to 17 points as he finished second in today’s Brazilian Grand Prix behind teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton only needs to finish the final race of the year in second place to win the world championship for the first time since 2008, but a mistake today meant that he could not win a sixth straight race in Brazil.

Nevertheless, the Briton was pleased with the race at Interlagos, saying that he enjoyed the fight with Rosberg at the front of the field.

“It was an amazing race, I had a great time,” Hamilton said on the podium after the race. “Obviously I had a big mistake in the mid part of the race, but otherwsie the car was fantastic. The team did an amazing job. It was a great race for Nico and it’s great to see Felipe [Massa] up here. We had the best crowd today, so I enjoyed it.”

When asked about his approach for Abu Dhabi, Hamilton said that he would go about it the same way.

“I’m gonna drive pretty much the same,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll improve over today. Obviously I lost a little bit of time, but there’s everything to play for at the last race.”

My MotorSportsTalk colleague Tony DiZinno has crunched the numbers and produced a table showing all of the championship permutations, which you can see by clicking here.

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.