Q2 exit continues “bloody frustrating” Chinese GP weekend for Grosjean

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Romain Grosjean made no secret of his frustration after being eliminated in the second stage of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday thanks to a late red flag.

Grosjean came close to scoring the new Haas Formula 1 Team’s first Q3 berth in Bahrain, and had hoped to qualify inside the top 10 in Shanghai on Saturday.

However, a red flag caused by a loose wheel on Nico Hulkenberg’s car meant that none of the drivers could improve late on in Q2, with the session being called early.

As a result, Grosjean was left down in P14, continuing what has been a difficult weekend for the Frenchman thus far.

“It’s bloody frustrating!” Grosjean told NBCSN after qualifying.

“Almost unfair, you want to go for your lap and there’s a red flag and you know there’s not enough time to restart the new thing.

“All weekend has not been going our way so far. FP1, no running because of red flags. FP2, one car. FP3, wet. It’s been tricky to find the right setup.

“Hopefully tomorrow in the race we are better and we can have a good race from there.”

Grosjean has been struggling with the tire pressures on his Haas VF-16 car in China, and said that he was still finding it difficult to drive.

“It’s still gonna stay the same. I was a bit frustrated yesterday,” Grosjean said.

“It’s still hard to drive the car, it’s like they are on ice. It’s not what you want from a Formula 1 car.

“I’ll do my best. It’s up to me, so I’ll try.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET on Sunday.

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.