F1 2016 Team Preview: Haas F1 Team

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For the first time in 30 years, an American team will be racing in Formula 1 this year.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ vision has become reality after two years of planning, marking a major achievement in itself as his eponymous operation hits the grid in Australia this weekend.

Now, the challenge for Haas F1 Team is to be competitive from the very start and disprove the belief that start-up teams in F1 are doomed to fail.

TEAM: Haas F1 Team
ENGINE: Ferrari
CAR: Haas VF-16

2016 LINE-UP

8. Romain Grosjean (FRA)
21. Esteban Gutierrez (MEX)


From the outset of testing, it was clear that Haas is nothing like the start-up teams that recently entered F1 in 2010. Thanks to an extensive technical partnership with Ferrari, Haas has the backing to be on the pace from the word go. It already feels like an F1 team that has been operating for many years.

Drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez offer a good mix of experience and potential, with the latter also arriving at the team with experience after spending a year in reserve at Ferrari. Hopes are high for Haas’ first season in the sport.

Quite whether this means points early on remains to be seen. The challenge for Haas is adapting to life in F1 and coming together as a team – but it’s one that is already being managed, encouragingly.

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.