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Formula 1, IndyCar’s silly season update: Oscar Piastri among new drivers getting to know their cars

Formula 1, IndyCar’s silly season update: Oscar Piastri among new drivers getting to know their cars

The silly season is finally over for action in the world of open-wheel racing, and while Formula 1 remains in Abu Dhabi for the final test of the 2022 season, the temperature of the hot stove for both F1 and IndyCar is starting to rise. One of the must-watch stories concerns Mattia Binotto, even as his team took part in the Pirelli tire test at Yas Marina Circuit, rumors of a team manager at Ferrari began to circulate, although Ferrari hasn’t released anything official yet.

Several deals that were well known up and down the F1 grid have finally been officially announced, such as the landing of Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull Racing in a reserve role. The fact that Ricciardo turned down offers from deep teams (Haas apparently had talks with the Australian before replacing Mick Schumacher with Nico Hulkenberg) points to the fact that Ricciardo believes this presents his best chance possibly of returning to a top-flight team in 2024 and that he He really likes to break away from the pressure of the sport a bit, with his role as a brand ambassador (doing demos in a show car) spelled out with a bit of tire testing and simulation running mixed.

McLaren surprised Ricciardo at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Formula1.com reports that the team radioed him to change his steering wheel setup to “Purple C1,” and in doing so, his information display switched to an image of his victory for the team at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo’s seat had little time to cool off as the next day Oscar Piastri missed his McLaren during a Pirelli tire test, pulling hard enough to nearly cover two races in 123 laps.

“It feels quite different from my young driver’s test last year, because I knew this was a day to enjoy a Formula One car while this year, next year’s, it’s going to be a brick,” Piastri told the Formula 1 website. “In terms of lap times, it makes no sense. Its because you never know what other people are doing. … [It’s about] Getting to know our engineers, mechanics, and everyone on the team.”

Piastri wasn’t the only one becoming familiar with new surroundings. Fernando Alonso has been testing for Aston Martin, Pierre Gasly has landed a few turns with Alpine, Nic de Vries has gotten to know AlphaTauri (where he will replace Gasly), Nico Hulkenberg has tried out for Haas and Logan Sergeant has taken his first laps for Williams.

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Rahal’s Letterman Lanegan has shuffled a few between its group of drivers as Jack Harvey will now carry the No. 30 on his car and Christian Lundgaard will carry the No. 45 in 2023. Graham Rahal’s No. 15 is unchanged. Hy-Vee will remain the primary sponsor of the No. 45 and as a secondary sponsor of the No. 30, Who is close to closing a deal in the primary.

Stefan Wilson will be back at the 2023 Indianapolis 500 for his fifth attempt, driving for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in partnership with Cusick Motorsports. The younger brother of the late Justin Wilson, Stefan earned a career best finish of 15th (2018) in the 500. DRR is working on a second entry for the race, details of which will be revealed upon the final.

Ed Carpenter Racing announced their driver development program with 16-year-old Josh Pearson. The Oregon native will compete in the INDY NXT Series, formerly known as Indy Lights, for 2023 with the goal of making it to IndyCar in 2025. Pearson, who has competed in karts since the age of two, was the youngest driver to compete in the USF2000 at ages 13 and 14, and has become the youngest Driver racing the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2022. Pearson competed in the World Endurance Championship in 2022 with the LMP2 class team winning the 1000 Miles of Sebring, making him the youngest driver ever to win.

Finally, having achieved the feat of winning the championships in both IndyCar and the NASCAR Cup Series this season, Roger Penske will be honored by Autosport magazine during their annual awards ceremony on December 4th in London. Over a lifetime in the sport that has made his name synonymous with victory, Penske has led his drivers to victories not only in IndyCar and NASCAR but also in Australian F1, Trans-Am, Can-Am, IMSA and V8 Supercars, and has found success at historic venues from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To the High Banks of Daytona.



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