Kvyat crashes hard at Suzuka, causing red flag in Q3

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Daniil Kvyat walked away unharmed from a hefty crash in the closing stages of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on Saturday, causing a red flag stoppage.

With less than one minute remaining in Q3, Kvyat ran wide at the left-hand kink before the turn 11 hairpin, touching the grass on the left hand side of the track.

The Russian driver’s car speared into the wall at high speed, causing a great deal of damage to the chassis and sending debris across the track. The session was red flagged immediately.

Red Bull’s pit wall quickly radioed Kvyat to make sure that he was unharmed, to which he responded: “Yeah, I’m okay.” Team principal Christian Horner confirmed after the session that Kvyat was slightly winded by the accident, but was otherwise fine.

The damage sustained by the RB11 car means that a pit lane start looks likely for Kvyat on Sunday as the team will inevitably have to break parc ferme restrictions to piece it back together. The Russian had been due to start from P10 at Suzuka.

The Japanese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30am 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.