Alonso rips into Honda over radio at Suzuka (VIDEO)

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The fortunes of McLaren and Honda in 2015 hit a new low during Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix as Fernando Alonso ripped into the team’s power unit over his radio.

Since rejoining forces with Honda at the beginning of the season, McLaren has been blighted by countless issues with the power unit that has limited the team to just four points finishes in 14 races so far this year.

The Japanese Grand Prix weekend was an important one for both McLaren and Honda, being the latter’s home event with plenty of corporate presence.

After making a good start and working his way up to P9 by the end of the first lap, Alonso began to drop back and was easily passed, prompting him to launch into a tirade over the radio and calling it “very embarrassing”.

Later in the race, Alonso was passed by Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen, which once again irked the Spaniard.

“GP2 engine, GP2. Aaaaargh!” he cried over the radio, comparing his Honda power unit to those used by F1’s junior series.

Alonso eventually finished the race in 11th place, but his radio comments at Honda’s home race were the main talking point as the cracks continue to show at McLaren.

After the race, Alonso spoke about his embarrassment and frustration as he continues to toil away with the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 car.

This outburst has come on the same weekend as speculation about Alonso’s future with McLaren has emerged after former manager Flavio Briatore suggested the Spaniard could leave at the end of the season.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday at Suzuka, Alonso quashed these rumors by affirming his belief that McLaren can return to winning ways in partnership with Honda.

“I am in this project because I trust this project and I think McLaren with the potential and Honda with the potential,” Alonso said. “Both companies have. It is just a matter of time before they will win again.”

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.