Drugovich introduced as Aston Martin F1 reserve

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Drugovich wrapped up the F2 title at Monza on Saturday with three races remaining, placing him on the radar for a doable position with an F1 staff for subsequent 12 months 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 be set for an in depth testing programme as a part of the position that may see him participate within the post-season working in Abu Dhabi, in addition to getting monitor time in a 2021 automobile by way of subsequent 12 months. He may also attend choose races supporting 2023 drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.

“Changing into a member of the AMF1 Driver Improvement Programme is a implausible alternative for me, and solely provides to what has been a particularly satisfying and profitable 2022 season,” stated Drugovich.

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

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

Drugovich joins the pool of reserve drivers accessible 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 12 months.

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“Felipe has proven unimaginable expertise, dedication, and consistency to win this 12 months’s FIA Method 2 Championship,” stated Aston Martin F1 staff principal Mike Krack.

“I notably keep in mind his implausible dash and have victories at Barcelona in Might, which had been massively spectacular.

 

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

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

“We’ve got watched and admired Felipe’s path to success in Method 2 this 12 months, and we intention to offer him with all the talents and expertise crucial 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 had been to turn into a Method 1 driver, becoming a member of the good pantheon of Brazilian racing drivers reminiscent of Emerson Fittipaldi and Ayrton Senna.”

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