Ricciardo: ‘We gave it a good shot’ with Singapore strategy gamble

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Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull “gave it a good shot” after a strategy gamble saw the Australian finish within half a second of his first win of the 2016 Formula 1 season in Singapore.

Ricciardo spent much of the race running second behind Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, prompting Red Bull to roll the dice and make an unplanned third pit stop with 14 laps remaining.

Fitted with super-soft tires, Ricciardo gained as much as three seconds per lap on Rosberg, allowing him to close up heading into the final stages after Mercedes kept its driver out.

Traffic stunted Ricciardo’s charge, leaving him to finish just 0.488 seconds behind Rosberg at the checkered flag, marking his third finish in P2 in the last four races.

“We’ve come very close this year on numerous occasions, but I’m not going to stand up here and be disappointed,” Ricciardo said on the podium after the race.

“I think we gave it a good shot. We tried something at the end with the different strategy and got within half a second. It was close.

“Hey, we’re up here again, it feels great. There are a lot of Australian flags, every year I see more and more, so thanks.

“As soon as we did the pit stop, we thought Nico was going to come in. I pushed really hard on those tires. By the end they were a little bit dead, but it made it exciting.”

The result saw Ricciardo extend his advantage over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the race for third in the drivers’ championship to 26 points with six races remaining.

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

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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.