Drugovich introduced as Aston Martin F1 reserve

Drugovich wrapped up the F2 title at Monza on Saturday with three races remaining, placing him on the radar for a doable function with an F1 staff for subsequent yr amid hyperlinks to Aston Martin.

Aston Martin introduced on Monday that Drugovich had joined its younger driver programme, and that he would make his FP1 debut on the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Drugovich can also be set for an intensive testing programme as a part of the function that can see him participate within the post-season working in Abu Dhabi, in addition to getting monitor time in a 2021 automotive via subsequent yr. He will even attend choose races supporting 2023 drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.

“Changing into a member of the AMF1 Driver Growth Programme is a improbable alternative for me, and solely provides to what has been a particularly fulfilling and profitable 2022 season,” mentioned Drugovich.

“Successful in Method 2 has lengthy been thought to be the absolute best launchpad right into a profession in Method One, and I see my function at AMF1 as giving me all of the instruments to take that essential subsequent step.

“For me, 2023 can be a studying curve: I can be working with the F1 staff, however my major aim is to be taught and develop as a driver. I hope that can give me a chance to race in Method 1 sooner or later.”

Drugovich joins the pool of reserve drivers out there to Aston Martin in F1 that additionally contains Nico Hulkenberg, who deputised for Sebastian Vettel on the first two races of the 2022 season. Hulkenberg is known to be in competition for a racing comeback with Haas subsequent yr.

“Felipe has proven unimaginable expertise, dedication, and consistency to win this yr’s FIA Method 2 Championship,” mentioned Aston Martin F1 staff principal Mike Krack.

“I notably bear in mind his improbable dash and have victories at Barcelona in Could, which have been massively spectacular.

 

“We’re delighted that he’s becoming a member of us as a member of our Driver Growth Programme, and we look ahead to welcoming him as a part of our staff in Abu Dhabi this November.”

Aston Martin govt chairman Lawrence Stroll felt the institution of the younger driver programme was “a improbable means to assist develop the following era of racing drivers.”

“We’ve watched and admired Felipe’s path to success in Method 2 this yr, and we intention to supply him with all the abilities and expertise obligatory to have the ability to take the following step in his profession,” added Stroll.

“Within the fullness of time, it might be the final word validation if he have been to develop into a Method 1 driver, becoming a member of the nice pantheon of Brazilian racing drivers corresponding to Emerson Fittipaldi and Ayrton Senna.”

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