2022 FIA Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich has been rewarded for his excellent season as he is now officially the first member of the Aston Martin Driver Development Programme.
The 22-year-old Brazilian won five races on his way to securing the F2 title at Monza over the weekend.
According to Aston Martin, Drugovich will also become one of the team’s reserve drivers. He’s set to make an FP1 appearance at the season-finale in place of Lance Stroll. He will then take part in the young driver test after the conclusion of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
For next year, Aston Martin revealed that “he will undertake an extensive test programme behind the wheel of the 2021 AMR21 car and will attend selected Grands Prix as a member of the team.”
“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.
“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.”
Mike Krack, Team Principal
“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.”
Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman
“I am hugely proud to have inaugurated the AMF1 Driver Development Programme: I am a big believer in rewarding young talent, and this is a fantastic way to help develop the next generation of racing drivers.
“We have watched and admired Felipe’s path to success in Formula 2 this year, and we aim to provide him with all the skills and experience necessary to be able to take the next step in his career.
“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.”