Drugovich completes the test for Aston Martin, gets a license

Drugovich completes the test for Aston Martin, gets a license

Brazilian Felipe Drugovich had his first experience with a Formula 1 car, last Tuesday (1), at Silverstone, and took another step in his preparations to enter the track in the first free practice session of the Abu Dhabi GP, which takes place in November . 20.

With that, he fulfilled one of the requirements to apply for a super license to compete in the top category of motorsport without waiting for the points he will get by winning the Formula 2 title this year.

The F2 championship will only finish in Abu Dhabi, the same weekend as F1, and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile will calculate the points after that. Therefore, Drugovich had to complete 300 kilometers with a Formula 1 car to get a type of driver’s license for that category.

The test was carried out on Tuesday, at Silverstone, by Aston Martin, the team for which the Brazilian will be the development and reserve driver next year in F1. It started to rain and the lack of the right tires prevented the test, but in the afternoon he was able to set important laps, using last year’s car due to F1’s restrictions on testing cars from the current season.

Not coincidentally, Aston Martin has confirmed that Drugovich will be one of the team’s reserves in the 2023 Formula 1 season, along with Stoffel Vandoorne. That is, there will be races in which a Belgian will accompany the team and, in others, it will be a Brazilian.

Team boss Mike Krack had already explained that the team’s plan was to have more than one reserve to encourage drivers to continue working in other categories. Also because Formula 1 will have the longest season in its history in 2023, with 24 rounds scheduled. It is true that the Chinese doctor is at risk because of the zero covid policy in the country, but still, with 23 doctors, it will be the longest season since the creation of the unit, in 1950.

The Silverstone test also ensures Drugovich’s presence in the first free practice of the Abu Dhabi GP. He will participate as a young driver, following the rules that F1 adopted this year. Another Brazilian, Pietro Fittipaldi, will also be in FP1 at the Yas Marina circuit, for Haas.

Both would prefer to ride in front of the Brazilian crowd at the São Paulo GP, between November 11 and 13. However, as it will be a race weekend, the team will only have one free practice session before qualifying.