Verstappen felt P2 was in reach before Bahrain GP brake failure

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Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen felt he was on course to finish Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix in second place before a brake failure ended his race.

Verstappen ran fourth for Red Bull in the early part of the race before pitting on Lap 11 in a bid to get the undercut on the Mercedes drivers ahead.

While a similar tactic allowed Sebastian Vettel to move into the lead en route to his second win of the season, Verstappen ended his race in the wall after suffering a brake failure on his out lap.

“I hit the brake pedal, lost all the rear pressures, only had the fronts left and couldn’t stop the car,” Verstappen told NBCSN after the race.

“It’s very disappointing. We would have been second if we could have just run. We would have undercut the Mercedes. The car held on really well. That’s a side of motorsport I guess.”

Red Bull looked more competitive in both qualifying and the early part of the race than it did in either Australia or China, with Verstappen putting it down to the tire strengths of the RB13.

“We definitely improved the car but this track is hard on tires and our car is good on the tires,” Verstappen said.

The result marks Verstappen’s first DNF of the season following runs to fifth and third in Australia and China respectively.

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.