Vettel relishing first Italian GP in Ferrari colors

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Sebastian Vettel is relishing the opportunity to race in the Italian Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver for the first time at Monza this weekend.

Vettel, a lifelong Ferrari fan, joined the Italian marque for 2015 after spending the entirety of his Formula 1 career racing under Red Bull’s umbrella.

The German driver has made a strong start to life at Maranello, winning two races so far this season en route to third place in the championship standings behind Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The Italian Grand Prix boasts one of the most unique atmospheres on the F1 calendar thanks to the tens of thousands of Ferrari fans – the Tifosi – that will make the trip to Monza.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Vettel spoke about his hopes of standing on the podium and giving the Ferrari fans plenty to smile about in his first outing for the team at Monza.

“Obviously I’ve heard lots of good things,” Vettel said. “I’ve been here before so obviously [I know] the passion for Ferrari, so obviously very much looking forward to becoming part of that.

“If we do well, which is our target, and we manage to be on the podium on Sunday I’m looking forward to not receiving booing for a long time.

“So, yeah, plenty of stuff to look forward to. So far we have had a great season.”

Vettel also explained how he is treating the Italian Grand Prix as his home race for 2015 given the absence of a race in Germany.

“This is our home grand prix as a team and since I didn’t have a home grand prix this year I adopt this one as well,” Vettel said.

“Hopefully we can make it a good one.”

The Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra this weekend. For more information, click here.

Coyne signs Ferrucci for final two IndyCar races of 2018

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Dale Coyne Racing will field a third entry at the Grand Prix of Portland and the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma for former Haas F1 test and reserve driver Santino Ferrucci, the team revealed earlier on Friday.

Ferrucci previously raced with Coyne at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, where he finished 22nd and 20th, and will drive alongside Sebastien Bourdais and Pietro Fittipaldi. The entry, the No. 39 Honda, will also feature sponsorship from Cly-Del, a Connecticut-based manufacturing company.

“I am extremely grateful to Dale (Coyne) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for giving me this opportunity to get back behind the wheel of an IndyCar in Portland and Sonoma,” said Ferrucci, who had been racing in FIA Formula 2 this year until it came to an unceremonious end in July.

Ferrucci continued, “I’m also excited to be bringing my long-time sponsor Cly-Del on board and introducing them to the world of IndyCar racing. I truly enjoyed my time with Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit earlier this season and I couldn’t be more excited to be back with them for a couple more races as I look to the future and enter the next chapter of my career.”

Team owner Dale Coyne highlighted the team’s experience with Ferrucci as a motivating factor in signing him up again for the final two races.

“We were very impressed with Santino at Detroit this year, and not just by his performance behind the wheel, but also by his professionalism and maturity outside of the race car,” said Coyne.

Coyne added, “We’ve had lengthy discussions with Santino in the past few months and we’re excited to have him back for the final two rounds of the season. We look forward to seeing what he will do with this opportunity as he gets back behind the wheel of an Indy Car. We’re also happy to welcome Cly-Del to our ever-growing family of sponsors.”

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