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Red Bull to field a new driver during the Spanish GP weekend

Red Bull-backed Formula 2 racer Juri Vips will make his Grand Prix weekend debut with the Formula 1 team in Spain, taking to the track for first practice.

Formula 2 racer Juri Vips will appear for Red Bull during Friday practice at the Spanish Grand Prix, the team have confirmed. The Estonian, 21, will replace Sergio Perez for the opening 60-minute session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as one of the two mandatory young driver sessions that outfits must complete in 2022. Vips participated in the end-of-season young driver tests in Abu Dhabi in 2020 and 2021, but will now make his Grand Prix weekend debut. He sits eighth in the 2022 F2 standings with two podiums to his name, having finished sixth overall in his first full season.

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Heading out for FP1 👊 Juri Vips will drive the RB18 in Friday's first session at the #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/H9aBCTEjPl — Oracle Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) May 19, 2022

Also another FP1 appearance for Kubica

Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo have confirmed that Robert Kubica will take to the track in first practice this weekend. Kubica gave the C42 its official debut during pre-season testing at the Barcelona venue and also recently hit the track at a Pirelli test session in Imola. He will take over Zhou Guanyu's car, with the team expecting to benefit from "the superb technical feedback that has made Robert such a valuable asset".

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RESULTS 2024 F1 Spanish Grand Prix