Ricciardo calls link to Ferrari “a bit of a laugh”


Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has dismissed rumors linking him with a move to Ferrari for the 2016 Formula 1 season, calling the story “a bit of a laugh”.

Ricciardo has been tipped as a possible replacement for Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari upon the expiration of the Finn’s contract at the end of the current season.

Although Ferrari does have an option on Raikkonen’s services for 2016, it is unclear whether the team will take this up following a string of underwhelming performances in recent races.

However, Ricciardo was quick to brush off rumors of a move to Ferrari, saying that he is unsure where the speculation arose from.

“I don’t even know where the rumours started actually,” Ricciardo told the official F1 website. “It’s really exploded.

“Ferrari is probably the only top team potentially with a seat open, which is why I guess my name and a few others have been linked to that.”

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg have also been linked with a move to Maranello for 2016 to work alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Ricciardo spent a year as Vettel’s teammate at Red Bull in 2014, and although he was flattered by the link to Ferrari, he laughed off the idea of a move away.

“It’s a bit of a laugh,” Ricciardo said. “You know what, it’s fun. We talk about these things now, so it creates some variety in our conversations!

“Obviously it is nice to be regarded by a top team like that – it’s nice to know there is interest from other teams as well.

“But I am with a top team too.”

Further to Ricciardo’s comments, it is unlikely that Vettel would entertain working alongside Ricciardo once again in case of another defeat like the one he suffered in 2014.

The German driver’s reputation was dealt a blow as he finished 71 points behind Ricciardo in the drivers’ championship and with just four podium finishes to his name before he left for Ferrari at the end of the year.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change