Felipe Drugovich is now confirmed to be participating in the opening free practice session for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 2022 Formula Two Champion secured a reserve driver role with the Aston Martin F1 team following his successful season in the feeder series. Aston Martin had already confirmed their intention to Drugovich in FP1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in place of Lance Stroll, along with the young driver test after the race weekend. However, a prerequisite for permission to run in FP1 was to complete 300km of testing beforehand, something he completed in a 2021 car at Silverstone during the week.
Speaking about his first experience in a Formula 1 car, Drugovich explained the 'tricky' test conditions that he found at damp Silverstone circuit. "It is amazing to have my first experience of a Formula One car. I learned a huge amount and we did all the necessary work and mileage to be ready for Abu Dhabi," commented Drugovich. "The weather was a bit tricky, but we did quite a few laps on the dry tyres before running on the wet tyres at the end of the day. "The performance of the car was so impressive: the smoothness of the gearshifts, for example, and the lateral grip means you can carry so much speed into the corners. "I really enjoyed the day; it was my first chance to start working properly with the team at the track. Big thanks to everybody who made it possible."