F1 2016 Team Preview: Manor Racing

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After surviving a financial collapse at the end of 2014, simply getting on the grid was a major achievement for Manor last year. However, 2016 is the start of a new era for the team with new management, a new power unit and even a slightly new name. Will there be new hope as well?

TEAM: Manor Racing MRT
ENGINE: Mercedes
CAR: Manor MRT05

2015 STATS (as Manor Marussia)

Races: 18
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 0
Laps Led: 0
Drivers’ Championship Positions: 19th (Roberto Merhi); 20th (Alexander Rossi); 21st (Will Stevens)
Constructors’ Championship Position: 10th

2016 LINE-UP

88. Rio Haryanto (INA)
94. Pascal Wehrlein (GER)

2015 TEAM RECAP

2015 was about Manor surviving. Remarkably, the team pulled through a torrid winter that saw it come within inches of extinction to get back on the grid. Although points were never really on the cards, Manor had a few highlights across the course of the season, with Roberto Merhi and American driver Alexander Rossi both finishing as high as P12. A real year of resolve.

2016 OUTLOOK

Gone are team saviours John Booth and Graeme Lowdon; gone is Ferrari as a power unit supplier. In comes ex-McLaren man Dave Ryan and a new technical partnership with Mercedes. Manor has a huge chance to cut the gap to the midfield this year. DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein joins the team alongside GP2 race winner Rio Haryanto, and both will be hungry to deliver in their rookie seasons. Could this be a new dawn for Manor?

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.