Renault confirms launch date for 2017 Formula 1 car

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Renault has confirmed that it will launch its car for the 2017 Formula 1 season, likely to be called the RS17, on February 21.

Renault returned to F1 as a constructor in 2016 after six seasons away, taking over the financially-stricken Lotus operation at Enstone.

With its focus laying on rebuilding the team in the long-term, Renault’s on-track fortunes in 2016 were of little note as it finished ninth in the constructors’ championship with just three points finishes to its name.

Renault will welcome Le Mans winner and recent Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg to its line-up for 2017, partnering the German with Jolyon Palmer, who is retained for a second year.

Renault confirmed on Friday that it will be unveiling its new car on February 21 before its first pre-season test run in Barcelona on February 27.

Confirmed 2017 F1 Launch Dates

February 21 – Renault
February 22 – Force India
February 23 – Mercedes
February 24 – Ferrari

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.