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Aston Martin announce FP1 driver to replace Sebastian Vettel at Monza

Aston Martin will be the latest team to field a young driver - taking one slot up during FP1 at the Italian Grand Prix.

Aston Martin have announced that Nyck de Vries will drive for the team during first practice at the upcoming Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix. All 20 full-time drivers are required to vacate their car during one free practice session during the 2022 season - the new rules being brought in to give younger drivers valuable seat time in Grand Prix machinery. Only those drivers who have started no more than two Grands Prix are eligible - meaning de Vries - who will replace Sebastian Vettel at Monza - can take part as he is yet to make his F1 race debut. The 2020/21 Formula E World Champion is set for his third FP1 outing of the season, having replaced Alex Albon in Spain for Williams and then took over the Mercedes W13 of Lewis Hamilton in France. There is no limit to the number of FP1 sessions the young drivers can do - with Lance Stroll still needing to give up his car at one of the remaining races. de Vries commented that driving three different chassis - all powered by Mercedes of which he is a reserve driver - have given him a "fantastic insight into how Formula 1 cars and teams function and operate." Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack said that he hoped de Vries would be about to "showcase his abilities to the wider world," during his appearance.

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