F1 Paddock Pass: Chinese Grand Prix (VIDEO)


Coming off the back of Sebastian Vettel’s shock victory for Ferrari in Malaysia two weeks ago, the Formula 1 circus heads to Shanghai this weekend for the Chinese Grand Prix.

All eyes will be on Ferrari and Mercedes once again to see how the battle at the front of the field unfolds, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg keen to resume normal service and get the Silver Arrows back on the top two steps of the podium.

Ahead of the race weekend, NBCSN’s Will Buxton presents the latest edition of Paddock Pass, rounding up all of the news and bringing you the latest interviews fresh from the Shanghai paddock.

In part one, we hear from Jenson Button following McLaren’s slow start to the 2015 season and similarly-beleaguered Nico Hulkenberg, as well as one of the stand-out drivers from the first two races, Marcus Ericsson.

Part two sees Daniel Ricciardo talk about his own struggles in Australia and Malaysia, whilst Lewis Hamilton gives us the inside line on what he and Mercedes can do to stop Vettel from winning again this weekend.

For full details on NBCSN and Live Extra’s broadcasting of the Chinese Grand Prix, click here.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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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.