Ferrari set to supply engines to Manor F1 Team in 2015

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Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has confirmed that Ferrari has verbally agreed to supply Manor F1 Team with its 2014 power unit for the new season.

Manor operated as Marussia F1 Team until last autumn, when financial difficulties caused the team to collapse and eventually fall into administration.

However, an enormous effort by the team’s former management has allowed the company to exit administration as it bids to reach the grid in 2015.

Although there are still a number of hurdles standing between Manor/Marussia and a comeback, Arrivabene confirmed in a press conference today that Ferrari has verbally agreed to power the team with last season’s power unit.

“We said to them yesterday that we are going to supply them with the 2014 engine,” Arrivabene said. “There is nothing in writing at the moment, but our answer at the moment is yes.”

Arrivabene also confirmed that Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez will conduct a filming day for the team in Barcelona next week, and said that the team will consider giving him a run-out during practice for the Mexican Grand Prix in November.

“Next week he is going to do a filming day and is going to run in Barcelona,” Arrivabene said. “Concerning the grand prix in Mexico, I think Esteban is going to be the star there.

“Maybe we can give him the chance to do some laps on Friday. I’m not sure because it depends on how we’re performing at that time in the season, but why not?”

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.