Manor passes final crash tests ahead of Australian GP

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Manor Marussia F1 Team has passed the final FIA crash tests ahead of the 2015 Formula 1 season, clearing the last hurdle to take part in next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

The ex-Marussia operation has enjoyed a remarkable comeback and revival over the winter, which will culminate in its return to racing in Melbourne on March 15.

With a number of its assets being sold off after the company fell into administration, the team is now operating out of a downsized facility, but has managed to produce a car that complies with the 2015 regulations thanks to fresh investment.

Via its official Twitter account, Manor confirmed today that it has passed all of the FIA crash tests with its car for the 2015 season, meaning that it can make the grid for the first race of the season in 10 days’ time.

The team is set to run a 2014-spec car with modifications to bring it inline with the new technical regulations initially this year. A 2015 model will then be introduced at a later point in the season.

Manor has confirmed that British driver Will Stevens will take one of the seats in 2015, with the second still being deliberated by the management at Dinnington.

Stevens completed his seat fitting in the new car on Thursday, with the freight for the Australian Grand Prix flying out of the UK on Friday.

The 2015 F1 season kicks off in Australia on March 15.

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.