Ricciardo pleased with P2 on grid in Singapore, will start on super-softs


Daniel Ricciardo felt pleased with his qualifying effort ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix when he will line up second on the grid between the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

As Rosberg swept to the 29th pole of his Formula 1 career with an imperious lap in Q3, Ricciardo rallied late on to edge out Hamilton and secure P2 on the grid.

Ricciardo had previously made it through to Q3 on the super-soft tire, which means he will be able to go further into the race before pitting than the ultra-soft-shod Mercedes on Sunday.

“Pleased enough, the aim was to try and be on the front row,” Ricciardo said when asked for his thoughts on qualifying.

“We knew it would be hard to try and get in front of the Mercedes. It was nice to at least get one.

“We made improvements for qualifying. Through practice we were still trying to find some stuff with the car and it finally came good in qualifying, got better. The rhythm throughout the session was good.

“We qualified on the super-soft in Q2 so we’ll start the race on that tire. Obviously we feel it’s a good thing, we’ll see if it makes a difference tomorrow.

“The last lap in Q3, it was clean, probably wasn’t as good as Nico’s but it was clean and good enough for the front row.”

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023


Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.