Ferrari spends most F1 engine tokens ahead of new season

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Ferrari has been revealed as the biggest spender of engine development tokens over the winter ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Under the engine development rules in F1, manufacturers are restricted to spending 32 ‘tokens’ on their power units across the course of the year in a bid to limit spending.

Suppliers receive a new allocation of 32 tokens on January 1, giving them time to update their power units ahead of the new season.

The FIA confirmed on Thursday that Ferrari had spent 23 of its 32 tokens for 2016 heading into this weekend’s race in Melbourne, Australia.

Mercedes has also spent heavily, using 19 tokens as it looks to retain its advantage over the rest of the field for the new campaign.

In a bid to rectify many of the issues that blighted its efforts in 2015, Honda has spent 18 tokens ahead of its second full season since returning to the sport with McLaren.

Renault has opted for a different approach, saving the majority of its tokens for spending in the season. It has used just seven ahead of the new campaign.

2016 F1 Engine Tokens Spent – Australian GP

Ferrari – 23/32
Mercedes – 19/32
Honda – 18/32
Renault – 7/32

2016 F1 Engine Suppliers – Teams Supplied

Ferrari – Ferrari, Sauber, Haas, Toro Rosso (2015-spec)
Mercedes – Mercedes, Williams, Force India, Manor
Renault – Renault, Red Bull (branded TAG Heuer)
Honda – McLaren

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.