GP3: Alex Lynn wins championship after qualifying in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI – Alex Lynn has been crowned the 2014 GP3 Series champion in Abu Dhabi today after his only possible rival, Dean Stoneman, failed to score pole position for the feature race at Yas Marina.

Lynn entered the final weekend of the season with a 47-point lead, meaning that Stoneman had to enjoy a perfect weekend – pole position (worth four points), two wins and two fastest laps (worth two points each) – to stand any chance to denying his compatriot the title.

However, he could only finish second in Friday’s qualifying session, losing out to German youngster Marvin Kirchhofer by four-tenths of a second in the final standings, handing Lynn the championship.

A member of the Red Bull junior programme, Lynn is in the running for the vacant seat at Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2015, and said after the session that he feels ready to make the step up.

“We’ve known it was coming mathematically since Russia, so clinching the title today wasn’t a massive surprise,” he said. “Really we’re focusing on the rest of the weekend and a strong result in the last two races of the season to help wrap up the teams’ championship too.

“I’m obviously absolutely delighted to finally win the GP3 Series: this title is definitely the biggest result of my career so far. The next step is that we still have a GP3 Series season to finish. I’m determined to enjoy myself and try and win those last two races too.

“But I absolutely I feel ready for Formula 1. If you look at the job that Daniil Kvyat did this year in F1, as reigning GP3 Series champion, it just goes to show how well this category prepares you for the very highest level of racing.”

Lynn’s victory means that drivers hailing from Great Britain have won both single seater series on Formula 1’s undercard. In Russia, Jolyon Palmer won the GP2 championship, and it could yet become a hat-trick for the UK as Lewis Hamilton goes in search of his second F1 world title on Sunday.

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.