Pirelli announces tire allocation for Russian GP

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Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has confirmed the three compounds that will be available to teams for the Russian Grand Prix on May 1.

Following a change in the regualations concerning tires for the 2016 season, teams will now have a choice of three compounds across the course of a weekend, rising from two in 2015.

Teams are required to use the softest compound tire in Q3, and must use two pre-defined compounds during the race.

For the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom, teams will have a pick of the super-soft, soft and medium tires, reflecting the low-grip nature of the technical circuit.

All drivers entering Q3 will be required to complete the session on super-soft tires, while the soft and medium compounds must be used during the race.

Pirelli has so far confirmed its compounds for the first four grands prix in 2016, using the super-soft/soft/medium selection for Australia, Bahrain, China and Russia.

This year’s Russian Grand Prix has moved to a much earlier slot, having taken place in October for its first two runnings as a world championship event.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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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.