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Aston Martin extend deal with Drugovich who will drive FP1 in Abu Dhabi

Aston Martin extend deal with Drugovich who will drive FP1 in Abu Dhabi

02-11-2023 13:34
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Felipe Drugovich will continue as Aston Martin's test and reserve driver in 2024. The British team also says the Brazilian will step into Fernando Alonso's AMR23 during FP1 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Aston Martin said: "Felipe has completed more than 6,000km having driven the AMR21, AMR22 and AMR23. For 2024, he will continue to attend Grands Prix in his official role and will also conduct simulator development work back at the AMR Technology Campus in Silverstone."

The young driver is proud of his role with the team: "I'm really proud to be continuing to work with Aston Martin for a second season. This year, I've learnt a huge amount – not just at the racetrack, but working with the engineers in the simulator and from the development programme that was designed for me.  I feel there so much that we can achieve as a team in the future."

Aston Martin very pleased

Team boss Mike Krack says that Drugovich is a positive addition to the team: "Everyone at Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team is incredibly pleased that Felipe will be staying with us in 2024. He's a familiar face within the team; he understands the particular demands of the role, has a tremendous work ethic, and has shown his speed and experience after stepping in superbly for an injured Lance Stroll during pre-season testing in Bahrain".

"Every time he gets behind the wheel, we clearly see the strength of his contribution: his pace, feedback and commitment are all extremely valuable to our engineers. We are already looking forward to him rounding out his season in style with another opportunity to drive the AMR23 during FP1 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. We look forward to another productive season together next year," Krack concluded.