F1: Red Bull’s Horner confident that RB11 will be ready for Jerez test (VIDEO)

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Red Bull principal Christian Horner revealed on Tuesday that his team’s new 2015 challenger, the Renault-powered RB11, had not yet been completed.

However, Horner said he was confident that the new machine for drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat would be ready by the start of the first Formula One preseason test on Sunday in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

“We’re flat out into car build at the moment,” Horner said to reporters at an indoor skiing media event. “But it’s been for sure the most impressive winter we’ve had as a team in terms of everything coming together. The car being produced in the shortest time ever, with the design (team) hitting all their deadlines and targets.”

Last preseason, the RB10 was plagued by reliability woes that primarily centered around the Renault power units. The situation improved over the season as Ricciardo went on to score three wins, but both team and engine manufacturer desperately want a better showing from the start in 2015.

For Horner’s thoughts on Renault’s efforts and other topics regarding the upcoming season, check out his interview below with NBC Sports’ Formula One insider, Will Buxton.

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.