Daniel Ricciardo set for F1 show run in Perth

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Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo will complete a show run in the championship-winning Red Bull RB7 from 2011 this December at Perth Speed Fest.

Ricciardo has picked up the mantle as Australia’s leading F1 driver since the retirement of Mark Webber at the end of 2013, winning three grands prix for Red Bull last year.

The Perth native first completed a show run in his home city back in 2010 when he was racing in Formula Renault 3.5 as a Red Bull junior driver, but will return later this year.

Ricciardo will get behind the wheel of the RB7 car that former teammate Sebastian Vettel took to the F1 drivers’ championship back in 2011.

“There’s nothing in Australia quite like it,” event producer Emma Stenhouse said.

“To see our local hero Daniel Ricciardo in an F1 car racing in Perth, as well as racing and demonstrations of motocross, rallying, bikes, drags and V8s – alongside a huge showcase of historic, classic and majestic cars – will be exciting.”

Ricciardo will be joined at the event by an array of Australia motorsport stars, including 1980 F1 champion Alan Jones and V8 Supercars driver Will Davison.

The Perth Speed Fest is inspired by the historic Goodwood Festival of Speed that takes place every year in England.

Ricciardo will appear at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana on December 13. Tickets for the event go on sale on Monday.

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.