Drugovich heading to F1 with reserve driver role

After securing the Formula 2 Championship at Monza, Felipe Drugovich has signed his first contract with a Formula 1 team.

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Aston Martin have named Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich as their new reserve driver, as well as the first member of their Driver Development Programme.

The 22-year-old secured the title at Monza with three races remaining, with the result putting him on the radar of several teams, including Aston Martin.

On Monday, the team announced they had signed Drugovich, who is expected to step in for Lance Stroll in FP1 at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Brazilian is also expected to take part in the Young Driver Test at Yas Marina the week after.

“Becoming a member of the AMF1 Driver Development Programme is a fantastic opportunity for me – and only adds to what has been an extremely enjoyable and successful 2022 season,” said Drugovich.

“Winning in Formula 2 has long been regarded as the best possible launchpad into a career in Formula 1, and I see my role at AMF1 as giving me all the tools to take that crucial next step.

“For me, 2023 will be a learning curve: I will be working with the F1 team, but my primary goal is to learn and develop as a driver. I hope that will give me an opportunity to race in Formula 1 in the future.”

Drugovich’s Aston Martin role

Drugovich will test Aston Martin‘s 2021 AMR21 car and also attend select races for the team in 2023, where he will support Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.

“Felipe has shown incredible talent, determination, and consistency to win this year’s FIA Formula 2 Championship – I particularly remember his fantastic Sprint and Feature victories at Barcelona in May, which were hugely impressive,” said Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack.

“We are delighted that he is joining us as a member of our Driver Development Programme, and we look forward to welcoming him as part of our team in Abu Dhabi this November.”

Adriano Boin
Adriano Boin
Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1 and Ferrari.
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