Ex-F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari retires from racing

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Former Formula 1 and Formula E driver Jaime Alguersuari has announced his retirement from motorsport at the age of 25.

Alguersuari made his F1 debut in 2009 with Scuderia Toro Rosso after rising through the Red Bull junior programme, but was dropped by the team at the end of 2011 aged just 21.

The Spaniard most recently raced in Formula E with Virgin Racing, making his last appearance at the Moscow ePrix in June before missing the double-header finale in London due to a medical concern.

At a press conference in Madrid, Alguersuari announced his retirement from racing, claiming that his heart no longer belonged to motorsport.

“I decided to stop because it is time for a change,” Alguersuari said. “Something inside me tells me it’s time to take a new path, because I think I lost the love of this girlfriend who accompanied me all these years.

“It is not a sad day. Now what makes me happy is music, making music. The best thing that happened to me in my life was being thrown out of F1. With F1, I carried frustration, trauma.”

Alguersuari is the second young driver in the space of a few weeks to announce his retirement from racing, following GP2 driver Johnny Cecotto Jr.’s announcement at the age of 26.

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.