Felipe Drugovich Returns to F1 Cockpit in Spielberg with Aston Martin
Felipe Drugovich hitting to the track in Spielberg at the wheel of the AMR21. June 14, 2023. Photo Courtesy: AMF1 Media.

Brazilian driver Felipe Drugovich continues to add milages at the wheel of Aston Martin F1 machinery as part of his driver development program, the British outfit announced on Thursday.

Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team Reserve and Development Driver Felipe Drugovich completed a two-day private testing in Spielberg on Thursday, building his Formula One experience behind the wheel of the AMF1 Team machinery.

The British outfit, in Montreal this weekend to contest the Canadian Grand Prix, addressed Drugovich’s test as “productive,” adding the reigning Formula 2 champion continues “honing his skills both in and out of the cockpit.”

Click here to watch Felipe testing in Austria.

Last April, the Brazilian racer fulfilled his driving duties at the wheel of the AMR21 for a test at Silverstone, setting his return to a Formula 1 cockpit for the first time since February.

At winter testing, he stood in for full-time driver Lance Stroll, who missed pre-season due to a wrist injury, sharing driver duties with Fernando Alonso.

He took the car designed by former Red Bull aerodynamicist Dan Fallow, the AMR23, to the Bahrain International Circuit race track, wrapping up his program after two sessions with 117 laps under his name.

In Silverstone, despite the weather conditions that interrupted his run across the 5.891km (3.661 miles) circuit, he made the most out of his chances onboard the AMR21 challenger.

After his latest run on British soil, the squad outlined: “The test was another valuable opportunity for Felipe to further his experience of F1 machinery, develop and grow his skills behind the wheel and further embed himself into the team, working closely with the engineers and mechanics throughout the day.

In November, Drugovich drove the car at the same circuit, completing more than 300km, earning the testing mileage required to secure his Super Licence.

The following week, he made his inaugural outing in a Formula One weekend at the first free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

He is the first member of Aston Martin F1 Driver Development Programme, which aims to serve as a stairway for junior drivers to reach the pinnacle of motorsport.

Formula E World Champion Stoffel Vandoorne is also a reserve driver for AMF1, combining a Formula E-Formula 1 program throughout the 2023 season.

Cecilia demartini
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