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Felipe Drugovich

Aston Martin F1 Team
Nationality bra Brazilian
Birthplace Maringá
Date of birth 23/05/2000 (24 yr.)

Felipe Drugovich Roncato is a reserve driver for Aston Martin. The Brazilian secured the Formula 2 championship title in 2022 and stepped in for the injured Lance Stroll during the test days at the beginning of the 2023 F1 season. However, he did not participate in an actual race (yet). In 2024, the Brazilian continues as a reserve driver for Aston Martin.

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Personal information

Name Felipe Drugovich Roncato
Team Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team
Date of Birth May 23, 2000
Place of Birth Maringá, Brazil
Height 1.77m
Weight 71kg
Nationality Brazilian
Race Number 34

Biography of F1 driver Felipe Drugovich

The 22-year-old driver is recognized as an emerging talent in the highest echelons of motorsport. Following triumphs in various junior categories, he clinched the championship at the second-to-last round of the 2022 F2 season. Just two days later, Drugovich was unveiled as the inaugural member of the AMF1 Driver Development Programme, the official training initiative of Aston Martin F1. Since then, he has held the role of reserve driver for the British racing team. Drugovich marked his official Formula 1 debut during the initial free practice session of the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In the F1 testing sessions in Bahrain in 2023, Drugovich swiftly stepped into the AMR23. He filled in for Lance Stroll, who, due to a cycling accident, was unable to participate in the testing programs in the desert. For more details about Felipe Drugovich's life, you can explore this page.

Felipe Drugovich | Aston Martin F1 Reserve driver © XPBimages

Early career of Felipe Drugovich

In May 2000, Drugovich was born in Maringá, Brazil. Felipe started karting at the age of eight. Until the age of 13 he raced in Brazil, from 2013 to 2015 he competed in international kart racing. He raced for top teams like ART Grand Prix and Kosmic Racing. On his website, Drugovich reports he comes from a real racing family. His uncles Sérgio Drugovich and Oswaldo Drugovich Jr. are also racing drivers. Little is known about Drugovich's parents. However, Felipe does have both Brazilian and Italian nationality.

In 2016, 'Drugo' switched to single seaters. The Brazilian made his debut in the German ADAC Formula 4 championship. He achieved his first - and only - podium finish of the season in The Netherlands, at CM.com Circuit Zandvoort. During 2016/2017, the Aston Martin protégé also competed in the MRF Challenge in the Middle East. His highlight of the year was a win at the race in Dubai.

In the period that followed, Drugovich's career was on the rise. In 2017, the man from Maringá recorded seven wins(!) in the German ADAC Formula 4 Championship. He finished the championship in third place.

2018: two titels for Drugovich

The year 2018 was full of highlights for Drugovich: with ten wins, he became champion in the MRF Challenge. He also clinched the title in the Euroformula F3 Open Championship. He won no less than 14 out of 16 races. The remaining two races he finished second.

After a difficult season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship (2019), the Brazilian got promoted to Formula 2 in 2020. He competed for the Dutch team MP Motorsport. He won three races during his debut season. The following year, he continued his career in F2. This time he competed for the Uni-Virtuosi team. Drugovich had a stable season and finished eighth in the standings.

Felipe Drugovich joins AMF1 Driver Development Programme

In 2022, the Brazilian driver returned to MP Motorsport. At the penultimate round of the championship at the Autodromo Nazionale Di Monza, Drugovich became champion. The same weekend, it was announced that he would become reserve driver for Aston Martin's F1 team. With this move, Felipe became the first driver to be part of Aston Martin's test programme, similar to the Ferrari Driver Academy and the Red Bull Junior Team.

Felipe Drugovich | Aston Martin F1 Reserve driver © XPBimages

F1 debut with Aston Martin

In November 2022, Drugovich stepped into an F1 car for the first time. The Brazilian tested the AMR21 at Silverstone Circuit, which earned him enough points to receive the FIA Super License. A month later, he stepped into an F1 car again. During the first free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he took a seat in Lance Stroll's AMR22. Drugovich also drove several laps at the Yas Marina Circuit in the young driver tests after the end of the season.

At the start of 2023, Felipe Drugovich once again drove a Formula 1 car in the Middle East. Just before the start of the official F1 testing days in Bahrain, Aston Martin announced that Lance Stroll could not participate in the testing programme due to a cycling accident. Drugovich replaced him and, together with teammate Fernando Alonso, made the first metres with the AMR23. However, the first day of testing lasted only a short while for the Brazilian. Shortly after the Aston Martin protégé drove out of the pit lane, he had to retire the car due to an electrical problem. During the third day of testing in Bahrain, Drugovich got back in the car. He recorded 117 laps that day.

Felipe Drugovich F1 reservecoureur Aston Martin © XPBimages

Felipe Drugovich, son of the dragon

The name Drugovich has a remarkable meaning. In a 2020 Formula 2 interview, Felipe explained more about it. "For those who don't know: 'Drugo' means dragon, 'Vich' means son. So my name is basically: son of a dragon. That is why the dragon is our family symbol."

Aston Martin F1 reserve driver 2023 & 2024

In 2023, Felipe Drugovich served as the reserve driver for the Aston Martin team. Initially, it seemed that he would compete in several Grand Prix races as a replacement for Lance Stroll, who had suffered a broken wrist. However, it was later revealed that Stroll could still participate in the races, despite his injury.

In the year 2024, Felipe Drugovich will once again assume the role of reserve driver for the Aston Martin team.

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