Maldonado unsure about proposed radical future for F1

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Pastor Maldonado is unsure that Formula 1 should look at becoming more radical and powerful in the next few years, believing that it the costs associated could do serious damage to the smaller teams in the sport.

Earlier this week, the F1 Commission met in Geneva to decide whether or not it should follow a more radical path and overhaul the regulations for 2016, but opted to delay any possible changes until 2017 at the earliest.

Some of the ideas raised included upping the power of the current engines to over 1,000bhp and making the car designs more appealing.

When asked by MotorSportsTalk in Barcelona whether he felt that such changes would be good for the sport, Maldonado had mixed thoughts.

“It’s good and not good,” Maldonado said. “For sure, as a driver, we want even more than 1,000bhp. That’s good!

“Maybe, for the smaller teams, it’s going to be very painful or very hard for them to deal with the cost it creates, because it’s not only that you put in a new engine. You need to redesign everything. We’ll see.

“It’s maybe a difficult one from my side. As a driver, I want developments and to go forward in the future. For sure we want more horsepower. We want much faster cars every year.

“But at the same time we are living in very difficult times. I don’t know if it would be the right moment to introduce these kind of new engines.”

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has led the call for a revolution in F1 with more powerful and louder engines and eye-catching car designs, prompting the release of a concept render by the Italian team earlier this week.

“That car was a provocation,” Arrivabene explained. “It’s not so far from the reality that we could achieve in the future.

“I’m expecting other teams to propose their own view without talking about ‘ah my car is better than yours’ or ‘I was doing this before you’ – this is stupid.

“I’m going to ask every team to try to propose a concept car. This way, we are going to move something instead of stabilising the situation as it is.”

The technical regulations that were introduced in 2014 have come under fire from a number of leading figures in F1, with the quieter V6 turbo engines being a particular sticking point.

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.