Drugovich on Aston Martin’s ‘radar’ for 2023 F1 position

Newly-crowned System 2 champion Felipe Drugovich is “on the radar” as a contender for the Aston Martin’s System 1 group’s reserve driver position for 2023.

Experiences have emerged in Brazil suggesting Drugovich is about to take the position with backing from Sao Paulo-based monetary providers firm XP Investimentos, and it’s recognized that he has had talks with the group.

Group principal Mike Krack used the phrase “on the radar” to explain Drugovich and confirmed that the group was looking out for a reserve driver.

“We have now Fernando [signed for 2023] now, then we have been a bit off the motive force market,” mentioned Krack when requested by The Race if there was any fact in reviews Drugovich would be part of the group as its reserve.

“We at the moment are what we’re going to do for subsequent 12 months as a result of we’d like a reserve driver, in order quickly as we now have one thing to speak, we’ll do.”

Krack described Drugovich’s F2 title-winning seasons as “spectacular” and recommended that made him a contender for a number of groups.

The 22-year-old Brazilian’s standing as a free agent given he’s unbiased of F1 groups additionally provides to his enchantment.

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“We have now to say, he received the F2 championship in a really spectacular means,” mentioned Krack when requested by The Race if Drugovich was an choice for the position.

“In order that makes him, clearly, a candidate for a lot of.

“I believe it will be sensible to maintain him on the radar as a result of he’s additionally not hooked up to any academies or driver programme.”

Presently, Aston Martin has Nico Hulkenberg on its books as its reserve driver. Nonetheless, he’s in rivalry for a return to a full-time F1 race seat with Haas subsequent 12 months and isn’t eligible to do the obligatory FP1 session working for rookie drivers. This implies Aston Martin loaned Mercedes reserve Nyck de Vries to drive in FP1 in Monza.

However it will be pragmatic to have a reserve on its books who is ready to full the FP1 working, both alongside Hulkenberg or in his place.

Krack mentioned they have been in communication with Drugovich however careworn he was considered one of many, saying “sure, however the identical as we do additionally with others”.

Dugovich has focused an F1 deal for subsequent season however accepts that the possibilities of a race seat are distant given the driver-market panorama.

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Whereas he has not given up all hope of a race drive, he mentioned after clinching the title that he’s open to taking a reserve position.

“I’m making an attempt to be round within the paddock,” mentioned Drugovich. “There are few locations nonetheless accessible in F1.

“Clearly, it’s very troublesome to get that predominant seat. We’re making an attempt, but when not, we’ll attempt to get a reserve seat.

“For the second, I’m simply making an attempt to get that predominant seat.”

Brazil has been with out a full-time F1 race driver since Felipe Massa retired on the finish of 2017, though Pietro Fittipaldi did begin two races standing in for the injured Romain Grosjean at Haas on the finish of 2020.

Drugovich’s monetary backing displays the need in Brazil for that state of affairs to alter, together with his success in F2 making him the apparent contender to interrupt into F1.

A reserve position with Aston Martin can be a logical step in direction of that given he’s not among the many favourites to land one of many few remaining race seats.

“Hopefully the information shall be round quite a bit, I believe that there are lots of people cheering, particularly as a result of there’s no Brazilian in F1,” mentioned Drugovich of the affect of his F2 title success in Brazil.

“I believe in the event you go down the ladder, I’m the primary one which they will choose and it’s particular to get the job achieved for them.

“They’re actually lacking somebody in F1 and hopefully, I could be there at some point to characterize the nation.”

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