F1 | Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich debuted at Silverstone with Aston Martin
The 22-year-old driver had the chance of getting his first laps in a Formula One car last week as he completed more than 300 km of running in the AMR21 at Silverstone
Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich sat behind the wheel of the AMR21 and enjoyed his first 300km running at Silverstone.
The Brazilian-Italian driver, who is racing with MP Motorsport in F2, enjoyed his first experience of Formula One last week as he completed more than 300 km of running in the AMR21 at Silverstone.
“It is amazing to have my first experience of a Formula One car,” commented the driver.
NEWS: @FelipeDrugovich got his first taste of #F1 power last week, completing over 300km in the AMR21 at @SilverstoneUK.— Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) November 10, 2022
Felipe has now completed the requirements to be granted a Super Licence and will drive the AMR22 in FP1 at the #AbuDhabiGP.
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After winning five races, Drugovich was crowned F2 Champion in Monza. On the same day, he signed his contract with AMF1.
By joining the young-driver programme, the Brazilian will become one of the team's reserve drivers. The team's intention is for him to drive in FP1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (substituting for Lance Stroll) and to also take part in November's young driver test at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Thanks to the testing mileage completed at Silverson, Drugovich has fulfilled all the requirements to be granted a Super Licence to drive in the first free practice session.
“I learned a huge amount and we did all the necessary work and mileage to be ready for Abu Dhabi. The weather was a bit tricky, but we did quite a few laps on the dry tyres before running on the wet tyres at the end of the day," said Drugovich.
“The performance of the car was so impressive: the smoothness of the gearshifts, for example, and the lateral grip means you can carry so much speed into the corners. I really enjoyed the day; it was my first chance to start working properly with the team at the track. Big thanks to everybody who made it possible.”
Aston Martin’s Team Principal Mike Krack also commented: “Felipe did an excellent job during his Silverstone test session. He quickly adapted to the car and the changing conditions, and was on the pace after just a handful of laps.
“It is always exciting to see a young driver complete their first laps in a Formula One car and Felipe really made the most of the opportunity. He is an intelligent driver, worked well with the engineering team, and impressed us with his professionalism, performance and feedback.”