Lewis Hamilton sends message of support to struggling fans after winning seventh F1 title

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Two days after clinching a seventh Formula 1 title that tied him for the most all time with Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton took to Twitter to express gratitude in a message to his fans that sent positivity in uncertain times.

Hamilton needed only to finish ahead of teammate Valterri Bottas in a wet and slippery Turkish Grand Prix to secure his championship. He won after taking the lead 22 laps from the end while Bottas struggled and finished a lap off the pace in 14th.

The skies were still gray two days later as Hamilton reflected on his milestone.

“Hi, world,” Hamilton said in a video. “It’s a gray but beautiful morning. Raining. You can hear the sea. I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge time and the blessing of being given another day of life. And to acknowledge you all. To send you positivity.”

In addition to tying Schumacher’s record for championships, Sunday’s win in Turkey extended his career total to 94 victories. It was his fourth consecutive in a streak that began by tying Schumacher’s former record of 91 career wins at Nurburgring. With three races remaining in the season, it is likely Hamilton, who has 10 victories this season, will build on the record.

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Standing on one of many pinnacles of his career, Hamilton was nevertheless aware of the valleys that lay below.

Hamilton’s win comes during a challenging year that has seen a global disruption because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Turkish Grand Prix was the first in F1 since 2011 and wasn’t on the original schedule. His championship also came as temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere begin to plummet with winter taking hold.

“I just feel so happy right now,” Hamilton said. “I know there are a lot of people out there that are struggling during these times with so many different things: health, the mind state.

“And I just wanted to tell you that it’s OK, and that you’re not alone in this world. There are people thinking of you. There are ways out. There are ways around it, and things will get better. So I just wanted to encourage you to stay positive. Send you love and positivity and keep you focused on having a good week.”

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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.