Christian Horner responds to speculation about his future

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Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has responded to speculation that suggested he could be fired by calling it “total rubbish”.

The team is currently enduring something of a rough spell in F1, hitting a low ebb as it scored just one point at its home race in Austria last weekend.

According to a report in The Times, one rival team principal called Horner across the Austrian Grand Prix weekend to offer sympathy after hearing that he was set to be fired.

In an interview with Red Bull Racing’s official website this week, Horner dismissed the rumors about his future and underlined his intention to return the team to its former glories.

“Unfortunately in Formula 1 there are always rumours, and this is total rubbish,” Horner said.

“I’m fully committed to Red Bull and I love what I do. We’re working hard and my focus is trying to get the team back to where we were 18 months ago, that is where my focus is.”

Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz explained over the weekend in Austria how he was losing interest in F1 due to the current regulations in the sport, acting as the latest of numerous quit threats from Red Bull.

Horner has now moved to clarify Mateschitz’s comments, and said that the team was still working hard to fix both its own issues and those currently blighting the sport at the moment.

“The situation is quite clear, Dietrich Mateschitz made some comments over the weekend and it’s exactly how he feels,” Horner said.

“He is frustrated and he is frustrated with the show. He is a fan as well and as a fan he has put a huge amount of investment into the sport over the last few years and he wants to see the sport go back to its glory days and see it have the same appeal and attraction that Formula 1 has previously enjoyed.

“We’re working hard to try and help change things and from a team point of view, we want to be in a position where we can be competitive.

“At the moment we’re in a difficult position and hopefully we can turn that around. The intention is to be here and to sort out the issues in the sport and our own competitiveness.”

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.