Drugovich joins Aston Martin F1 in its development program
Felipe Drugovich, the 2022 FIA Formula 2 champion, has found an opportunity in Formula 1 with the Aston Martin team.
Felipe Drugovich authoritatively won the Formula 2 championship in the Italian Grand Prix sprint race last weekend with three races left on the calendar to play and, although his fate was unclear at the time, rumors with Aston Martin sounded louder and now he’s been confirmed as a member of their Driver Development Program.
Aston Martin Racing announced on Monday that the 22-year-old Brazilian signed a contract the same day he was crowned last Saturday to join the team, which will give him the opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car in upcoming dates.
Through a statement, the team said the intention was to allow him to drive in practice 1 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, replacing Lance Strollbut also by letting him take the young drivers test next November at the same Yas Marina circuit, this as a prelude to a more intense program in 2023 where he will go to competition to familiarize himself with the team and the driving opportunities. with the AMR21.
“Becoming a member of the AMF1 Driver Development Program is a fantastic opportunity for me – and it only adds to what has been an extremely enjoyable and successful 2022 season,” said Drugovich.
“Winning in Formula 2 has long been seen as the best possible launch pad for a Formula 1 career, and I see my role at Aston Martin as giving me all the tools to take this crucial next step.”
“For me, 2023 will be a learning curve: I will work with the F1 team, but my main objective is to learn and develop as a driver. I hope this will give me the opportunity to race in Formula 1 in the future.”
For its part, Mike Krack, team leaderindicated they paid attention to the Brazilian after his mid-season performances when he started to build a significant Championship lead over Frenchman Theo Purchaire.
“Felipe showed incredible talent, determination and consistency to win the Formula 2 championship this year – I especially remember his fantastic Sprint and Feature wins in Barcelona in May, which were extremely impressive.
“We are delighted to have him join us as a member of our Driver Development Program, and we look forward to welcoming him to our team in Abu Dhabi in November.”
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