Webber sympathizes with Rosberg’s current struggle

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Mark Webber has sympathized with Nico Rosberg’s current struggle in Formula 1 as the German driver continues to lose ground on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship.

Rosberg (pictured with Webber in 2013) retired from last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix with three laps remaining, which combined with Hamilton’s victory saw the gap at the top of the standings swell to 53 points.

With seven races remaining in the 2015 season, Rosberg is facing an increasingly difficult task to claw his way back into contention and deny his teammate a third championship.

However, he is not alone in his struggle. Webber came close to winning the drivers’ title with Red Bull back in 2010, only to lose out to teammate Sebastian Vettel at the final race of the year.

The Australian struggled to put up any kind of fight in 2011, winning just a single race as Vettel romped to his second world title.

Speaking to Reuters earlier this week, Webber sympathized with Rosberg, saying that picking yourself up after a near-miss was a big challenge.

“The year after is probably the hardest,” Webber said. “In my personal opinion it was.

“Lewis is completely on fire at the moment with how the cars are now and next year is going to be a tall order for Nico to get the high ground.

“Lewis is going to finish the end of the year as a three-times world champion and then it’s in his court to keep that drive and hunger going.”

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.