JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - MARCH 26: Second placed Juri Vips of Estonia and Hitech Grand Prix (8) celebrates on the podium during the Round 2:Jeddah Sprint Race of the Formula 2 Championship at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 26, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)
With a magnificent career and abilities, Juri Vips has secured his position in multiple motorsport categories.
With two rounds already completed this season, let us take a look at the career of Juri Vips – the Hitech Grand Prix driver, who sits fourth in the F2 Championship.
Formula 2 is a stepping stone to Formula 1 in a racer’s career. The championship helps them gain experience and develop their skills on the road to Formula 1.
One notable driver is Juri Vips. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, he is part of the Red Bull junior program at only 21 years old. He is competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship this year for his third campaign in the series.
Prior to his move to Formula 2, Vips gained a lot of experience.
Beginning of his Career – Karting and Formula 4:
In 2011, Vips began to compete in national championships in karting. After a successful karting career, he got homeschooled.
This was so he could begin to race in Formula 4 at 15 years old. Before he started karting, from a very young age he was into mental math, he had many hobbies that sadly he can’t do any more.
He made his single-seater debut in Formula 4 in 2016. He raced with PREMA Powerteam where he finished sixth in the ADAC Formula 4.
During the same year, 2016, he had appearances in Italian F4. In this championship, he took pole position twice and had a race victory at Mugello.
In October 2017, after his ADAC Formula 4 victory, Vips made the shift into the FIA Formula 3 European Championship as a guest driver.
During his 2018 campaign in FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Vips finished 4th. This was the same year that he joined the Red Bull Junior Driver programme.
2018 was also the year that Vips’ 2019 season with Hitech Grand Prix was confirmed. The Estonian also competed in one race for Super Formula in 2019 as well.
In 2020, Vips participated in the FREC’s (Formula Regional European Championship) test at Imola. His results from these tests clearly showed his talent and raw pace.
In 2020, Vips was called to replace DAMS driver Sean Gelael. He took part in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, where he finished 16th that year in the standings.
Jüri Vips: 'I'm really thankful of the opportunity, it's a great chance for me as I cannot get into Japan for the opening race in Super Formula. It's sad what has happened to Sean and I hope he makes a quick recovery so he can get back in his car soon.'