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Aston Martin reserve drivers set for role with rival F1 team

Plans have been drawn up for Felipe Drugovich and Stoffel Vandoorne in 2023.

Aston Martin have announced that their Formula 1 reserve drivers Felipe Drugovich and Stoffel Vandoorne will be available to McLaren in 2023. Reigning F2 champion Drugovich and ex-McLaren F1 racer Vandoorne will be available to the Woking-squad for the first 15 races of the season, up and including the Italian Grand Prix. They will be shadowing Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri - with IndyCar star Alex Palou and Mercedes reserve Mick Schumacher also on the roster if required. Teams sharing reserve drivers, especially among those with similar power units, has been on the increase in recent years, with Nyck de Vries driving for Mercedes, Williams and Aston Martin in 2022, before undergoing a seat fit in Brazil with McLaren as Norris was suffering from food poisoning. The Dutchman has secured a race seat in 2023, and will make his debut for the AlphaTauri squad.

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AMF1 has agreed that McLaren will have access to our reserve drivers, Felipe Drugovich and Stoffel Vandoorne, in the instance that they are required for driving duties for the first 15 races of 2023. pic.twitter.com/mHLM730BgT — Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) February 20, 2023

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