Jake Dennis reveals hopes from Red Bull drive in Abu Dhabi and chances of F1 seat

Jake Dennis has been part of Red Bull since 2018 and will have the chance to drive their 2023 F1 car in Abu Dhabi on Friday


Jake Dennis says he simply wants to gain exposure from his first ever practice session in a Formula 1 car when he drives for Red Bull in FP1 at the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Neither Max Verstappen or Sergio Perez will drive in the opening practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit as Isack Hadjar will also represent Red Bull alongside Dennis.

Red Bull are among the teams completing the mandatory requirement to run a rookie in each car in an FP1 session during the season.

Dennis, who is Red Bull‘s development driver, won the 2023 Formula E title with Andretti in just his third season in the series, setting new records for the most points and podiums scored.

Asked exclusively by Total-Motorsport.com what he wants to gain from the experience, Dennis said: “Just exposure really. From my side it’s definitely a good opportunity, not to really prove myself, as I haven’t driven a high downforce for five years.

“I’m not going to go out there in 20 laps, where the tyres are only good for two laps, go in and deliver a performance which will be competitive in terms of lap time.

“It’s more just my first ever F1 weekend driving, experience in the whole weekend format. I’ll be there the whole weekend, so it’s just a cool experience.

“Then obviously from Red Bull side, they have given me the opportunity and it will just sort of enable them to have a better correlation from simulator to real life track data now. I think generally everyone benefits from it I very much look forward to the opportunity.”

Could Dennis join F1 in the future?

Since Dennis became Formula E champion with Andretti, the American outfit were given the green light by the FIA to join the grid in 2025, 2026 or 2027. However, they await approval from F1‘s stakeholders, with a decision not expected until 2024.

Dennis will defend his Formula E title when the season begins in Mexico City on January 13 and doesn’t plan on moving to F1, even if Andretti do join the grid.

“I guess there’s a small chance,” explained Dennis. “I would never write off the opportunity. It’s something which would probably spring up a conversation if obviously Andretti came into F1.

“But, I’m also realistic. I’m 28, probably be 30 by the time anything would happen, if they ever do get the entry. By that point, I might not be performing at the level which is required for F1, so it’s just something so far in the back of my mind right now.

“Until there’s a contract in front of me, I’m just going to focus on Formula E and deliver top results.”

John Smith
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Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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