Hamilton keen to do his talking on track in Bahrain

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Lewis Hamilton is keen to put the internal tensions at Mercedes to one side and do his talking on track at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton claimed his eighth victory in the last ten Formula 1 races in China last weekend, but the result was overshadowed by accusations made by his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg claimed that Hamilton had deliberately driven slowly during the race to back his championship rival into the clutches of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, putting the team’s fortunes at risk.

The German driver eventually finished the race in second place behind his teammate after pulling away from Vettel in the final stint of the race, but was left fuming.

Instead of reacting to Rosberg’s comments, Hamilton has said that he would rather do his talking out on track when racing wheel to wheel.

“I just do my talking on the track, that’s how it’s always been since I was eight years old,” Hamilton said. “And naturally you just try to learn from decisions you take and experiences you have and hope that you get better.

“You just do your talking on the track and try to do your best. All the stuff that comes out of the car I have no particular interest in it.”

Hamilton believes that Mercedes will reunite as a team in Bahrain this weekend, claiming that there are no problems between him and Rosberg.

“We’re moving forwards and we will reunite as a team this weekend and try to do a great job,” he said. “There’s no issue between me and Nico. We saw each other this morning and everything is good.

“There are going to be times when people are unhappy about some things, but we’re grown-ups and we move past it.”

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AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”