McLaren reprimanded after tire mix-up in qualifying

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Fernando Alonso has escaped exclusion from qualifying for the British Grand Prix after the stewards handed McLaren a reprimand for fitting one of Jenson Button’s tires to the Spaniard’s car.

McLaren teammates Alonso and Button struggled once again on Saturday at Silverstone, limping to P17 and P18 on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

After the session, it emerged that McLaren had accidentally fitted one of Button’s tires to Alonso’s car in Q1, prompting the stewards to launch an investigation.

“Car 14 [Alonso] used a tire allocated to car 22 [Button] in qualifying,” a brief statement from the stewards read, before calling for a team member to report to their office at 4pm local time.

However, McLaren escaped any severe penalty, with the stewards confirming a little over one hour later that the team had been reprimanded for the incident.

“The team admitted the wrong tire had been fitted onto car 14 due to a communication error,” a subsequent statement read, confirming the reprimand.

Although it was only a reprimand for McLaren, it did little to improve the team’s fortunes as it once again limped to a poor qualifying result.

The British team has endured its worst ever start to a Formula 1 season due to a variety of problems with both the MP4-30 car and, most crucially, its Honda power unit.

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

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.