Haryanto handed grid penalty after pit lane run-in with Grosjean

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Rio Haryanto has been handed a three-place grid penalty for his maiden Formula 1 race after clashing with Haas driver Romain Grosjean in the pit lane during practice in Australia on Saturday.

Haryanto and Grosjean collided at the beginning of FP3 in Melbourne as both moved into the ‘fast lane’ on pit road.

The collision prompted Haas to change the floor on Grosjean’s car and repair much of the front of his car, while Haryanto required a new front wing.

After the session, the stewards requested to see both drivers to clear up the incident, eventually deeming Haryanto to have been at fault.

“The driver of car 88 [Haryanto] left the team garage and did not pay attention to the approaching car which was in the fast lane,” a brief statement from the stewards read.

Haryanto was handed a three-place grid penalty, meaning he will start his first F1 race from last on the grid after qualifying 21st.

Haryanto also received two points on his FIA super license ahead of his grand prix debut, with drivers receiving a race ban if they accrue 12 at any time.

The Indonesian rookie felt frustrated after qualifying, having only been afforded a single lap in the session due to the new elimination knockout system.

“After the previous Q1 system of having 20 minutes to extract the best from the car and driver, it felt pretty strange to have such a short qualifying,” Haryanto said.

“Today we only had time for one lap. It wasn’t a bad lap either, but it also wasn’t perfect. I could have been quicker and that’s what we’ll have to work on but even with a tenth or so to play with we would still have been out of time.

“Still, I completed my first qualifying, learned a lot and my job is to keep improving in every area. Tomorrow is my first F1 race and I’m very excited for that. I’m sure we can have a better day.”

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.