Ricciardo unconcerned about Red Bull’s F1 future

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Daniel Ricciardo is unconcerned about Red Bull’s future in Formula 1 despite the team’s lack of engine contract for the 2016 season.

Throughout 2015, Red Bull has struggled to fight at the front of the field due to the shortcomings of its Renault power unit, prompting the team to terminate its agreement with the French manufacturer at the end of the season.

As a result, Red Bull and B-team Toro Rosso are without an engine deal for 2016, with Ferrari being the only possible partner after Mercedes rejected working with the energy drinks giant.

Team advisor Helmut Marko has said that unless Red Bull can secure a competitive power unit for 2016, it will quit the sport and make good on a threat that has been made on numerous occasions this year.

Speaking to Sky Sports News in the UK, Ricciardo said that he did not think such drastic action would need to be taken, believing that a deal would be agreed soon to keep Red Bull in the sport.

When asked if he was concerned by the situation, Ricciardo said: “I’m not to be honest. We’ve got a situation that we need to resolve, but the way I see it we’ve still got time on our side.

“I think there is enough desire in the team to be on the grid in a competitive way, so I’m faithful we will find a way not only to be on the grid, but to be competitive. That’s really what we want.”

Red Bull’s position has become increasingly precarious over the past few weeks since it agreed to split with Renault.

Mercedes’ refusal to supply its teams for fear of increased competition and Volkswagen’s shift away from an F1 entry due to its emissions scandal have left Ferrari as the only realistic supplier, but the demand for power units on a par with that of the Italian marque’s works team could prove hard to satisfy.

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.