Gutierrez takes home point on Formula E debut in Mexico City

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Esteban Gutierrez made a solid start to life in Formula E by taking a point on debut in Mexico City on Saturday for Techeetah.

Gutierrez announced in January that he would be moving into Formula E after losing his Formula 1 seat with Haas at the end of 2016.

The Mexican driver joined Techeetah and qualified 13th for his debut race, but struggled to get to grips with the energy management on his car in the opening stint, causing him to outside of the points.

A late flurry of drama allowed Gutierrez to rise up the pack, eventually crossing the line in 10th place to cap off a double-points finish for Techeetah after Vergne wound up second behind race winner Lucas di Grassi.

The result means that Gutierrez has as many top-10 finishes in Formula E as in F1, having only scored points once in 59 grand prix starts. That came in a charge to seventh at Suzuka in 2013 while racing for Sauber.

Gutierrez will see out the remainder of the Formula E season in the No. 33 Techeetah, having replaced Ma Qinghua, who stepped back into the role of reserve driver.

Gutierrez’s next Formula E appearance will be on familiar F1 territory as the all-electric series hits the streets of Monaco on May 13.

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.