Kimi Raikkonen leads final day of F1 testing

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Pre-season testing for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season wrapped up on Friday, and Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen continued to show that the team has solid pace in their SF71H, with Kimi Raikkonen turning in the fastest lap of the day at 1:17.221.

McLaren F1 Team’s Fernando Alonso rebounded from a troublesome morning – his MCL33 suffered a turbo problem after one hour of running – to turn in the second fastest lap of the day.

Renault Sport F1 Team’s Carlos Sainz Jr. continued to show impressive form as testing wrapped up, turning the third fastest lap on Friday. Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean rounded out the top five.

Mercedes AMG Petronas again appeared to languish outside of the top five – Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest while Lewis Hamilton came in at 11th fastest – but long runs were again the focus for the team, particularly for Hamilton, who focused his attention on long-run pace for all 97 laps he completed.

Results from Friday can be found here. With pre-season testing now concluded, the next time all 20 entries for the 2018 Formula 1 season will grace the track together will be for opening practice at the Australian Grand Prix (March 23-25).

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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.