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BREAKING: Felipe Drugovich confirmed as Aston Martin development driver

The Formula 2 champion has joined a Formula 1 team

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Aston Martin F1 has confirmed that the 2022 Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich has joined their team as a development driver.

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Felipe Drugovich with Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin’s team owner (Image Credit: Aston Martin F1)

At the Italian Grand Prix Drugovich became the 2022 Formula 2 champion with three races still to go in the season.

It was a consistent season for the Brazilian MP Motorsport driver, who only finished outside of the points once in 2022. He also has four pole positions and five wins to his name.

Aston Martin has announced that Drugovich will take part in FP1 at Abu Dhabi, as well as the young driver’s test following the end of the 2022 season. Drugovich will be in Abu Dhabi already for the final round of the Formula 2 season.

As far as next season goes, Aston Martin has an extensive test programme planned for the 22 year-old. He’ll also attend several Grand Prix with the team, while serving as one of their reserve drivers.

Drugovich is the first, and currently only, member of Aston Martin’s development programme.

Quotes

Drugovich said in the announcement that “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.

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

Drugovich, along with every other Formula 2 driver, has higher aspirations than being a test driver. This placement gives him the opportunity to work with a Formula 1 team, and a chance at achieving his lifelong goal.

“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 One in the future.”

Aston Martin’s team principal Mike Krack also had some comments on their choice to sign Drugovich.

“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.

“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.”

Team owner Lawrence Stroll cited Drugovich’s aspirations of Formula 1, as well as naming other well known Brazilian F1 icons.

“In the fullness of time, it would be the ultimate validation if he were to become a Formula One driver, joining the great pantheon of Brazilian racing drivers such as Emerson Fittipaldi and Ayrton Senna.”

Feature Image Credit: Aston Martin F1

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