Aston Martin have announced that their Test and Reserve Driver, Felipe Drugovich, will be taking part in the 2023 Italian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 session in Monza.
This would be Drugovich’s second run with the AMR23 after subbing in for Lance Stroll during pre-season testing, when the Canadian was injured. He will once again be stepping in for the Canadian, who will sit out FP1 and return for FP2.
Felipe Drugovich, Test and Reserve Driver, AMF1 Team, said:
“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the AMR23. The car felt great when I drove it in pre-season testing and it will be fascinating to feel how it has improved since then. I’ve spent a lot of time in the simulator helping to develop the car, so understanding how that correlates to the real thing will be super valuable for me too. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for me to demonstrate what I’ve learnt through my testing programme. Since Bahrain, I’ve done many more miles in an F1 car so I have an even better understanding of how I can deliver valuable feedback for the team.
“I’d like to thank Aston Martin for trusting me with this opportunity, as well as our Brazilian partners XP, Porto Seguro and Banco Master for their continued support.“
Mike Krack, Team Principal, AMF1 Team, added:
“We are delighted to be able to provide Felipe with another opportunity to drive the AMR23. He demonstrated his capabilities in pre-season testing, with a vital contribution to the team’s initial development of the car. Monza will offer another chance for Felipe to work closely with the engineers and mechanics and build his confidence in a critical session for the team. We look forward to maximising this session together.“