Gastaldi expects German GP to return in 2016

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Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has expressed his dismay following the scrapping of the 2015 German Grand Prix, but feels confident that the race will return next season.

Due to financial issues being faced by both Hockenheim and the Nurburgring, neither circuit was able to host the race in July, leading to its cancellation on Friday by the FIA.

Gastaldi feels disappointed that there will be no F1 event in Germany for the first time since 1960, but believes that the teams will still be kept busy with a 19-race schedule in 2015.

“It’s not looking promising for this year, but I’m sure we’ll be back in 2016,” Gastaldi said. “It’s of course a shame for everyone, especially all the German fans who wanted to come see Formula 1, but these things happen sometimes in the commercial world.

“For the team we know we have 19 races. 20 races makes for a long season so we still have a pretty full season even if one race is dropped.”

Lotus endured a tough start to the season in Australia last weekend after both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean retired from the race on the first lap.

Nevertheless, Gastaldi remains confident that his team can fight back at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix and score its first points of the season.

“Points – that’s what we’re here for,” he said. “We want to see progress from the start we made at Albert Park and it would be fantastic to have both cars greet the checkered flag with a good clutch of points stashed away.

“Of course, this is what every team is trying to do, but we’re battling hard at Enstone to make this happen.”

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.