Latifi set for Renault F1 practice run-out later in the year

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Renault Sport racing director Frederic Vasseur has confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will be with the team for next weekend’s Formula 1 race in Canada ahead of a practice run-out later in the season.

Latifi, 20, joined Renault at the beginning of the season in a development role that would run alongside his commitments in GP2 with DAMS.

The Canadian racer had been tipped to take part in practice in Montreal next Friday, but will instead use the weekend to get used to working with the team ahead of his first F1 practice session later in the year.

“We will have our test driver Nicholas Latifi joining the team to get an insight into how an F1 team works over the course of a race weekend,” Vasseur said.

“Nicholas had a strong start to his GP2 Series season with his Barcelona podium even if his weekend in Monaco was more challenging.

“He will drive in FP1 later in the year so his weekend in Canada is vital preparation.”

Latifi finished second in the first GP2 race of the season last month in Barcelona, but retired from both legs of the Monaco weekend last time out.

When he eventually makes his practice bow, Latifi will become the first Canadian to take part in an F1 weekend session since Robert Wickens enjoyed a one-off appearance with Marussia in FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2011.

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.