F2 champion Drugovich in body for Aston Martin F1 reserve function

Whereas nothing has been confirmed by the workforce, an vital step in the direction of a deal was taken when the Brazilian clinched the F2 title in Monza on Saturday.

That formally assured him a superlicence for 2023 and in addition ensured that he can now afford to do an FP1 run in Abu Dhabi with out it distracting from him an F2 title showdown.

Aston Martin gave considered one of its two FP1 rookie slots to Nyck de Vries at Monza final weekend, and it has to deploy yet one more earlier than the tip of the season.

It could’t pull off a PR coup by operating Drugovich at his residence race in Brazil, as it’s a dash weekend, so the workforce has provisionally focused the Abu Dhabi finale for whoever will get the nod.

Drugovich stays a contender for the remaining race seats at Haas, Alpine and Williams, and any reserve job at Aston or elsewhere will not be confirmed till these are crammed, and it turns into clear that he’s accessible.

With a purpose to do an FP1 session this 12 months, he has to get a Friday superlicence, which would require him to do a 300km run in a recent automotive.

The Silverstone workforce nonetheless has an operational AMR21 from final season, which is ready to be pushed in October by Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Younger Driver of the 12 months Award winner Zak O’Sullivan as a part of his prize. In concept, the workforce might run Drugovich on the identical day.

Crew principal Mike Krack confirmed that Aston Martin is involved with Drugovich, though he denied that any deal has been carried out to this point.

“We now have Fernando [Alonso] and we had been a bit off the driving force market,” he stated. “And we are actually trying what we’re going to do for subsequent 12 months, as a result of we want a reserve driver. In order quickly we’ve one thing to speak, we are going to do.

“Now we have to say [Drugovich] gained the F2 championship in a really spectacular means, very constant, very intelligent. In order that makes him clearly I believe a candidate for a lot of.

“And I believe it might be sensible to maintain him on the radar additionally, as a result of he isn’t connected to any academy or driver programmes or something such.”

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22, battles with Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22, battles with Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

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Drugovich confused that his precedence is to safe a race seat, however he indicated {that a} reserve function could be the following best choice.

“The objective is to be there,” he stated when requested by Motorsport.com if a reserve job was one of the best various to a race seat. 

“We’re attempting, but when it isn’t attainable I’d be completely joyful to do the reserve function. 

“There is a massive break now, so we’ll attempt to discuss to groups, and see what one of the best choices are. I might like to do an FP1 outing.”

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