Felipe Drugovich to take the wheel for Aston Martin in FP1 at the F1 Italian GP

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Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team has announced that Felipe Drugovich, the Brazilian racing sensation, will be taking the wheel of Lance Stroll’s car during Free Practice One at the upcoming Italian Grand Prix.

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This weekend, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza will host Drugovich’s return to the iconic circuit where he secured his FIA Formula 2 championship title a year ago.

As the Test and Reserve Driver for the Aston Martin team, Drugovich is gearing up for the 60-minute session at the Monza circuit. He had previously stepped in for an injured Lance Stroll during pre-season testing in Bahrain, showcasing his adaptability and capability within the car.

Drugovich’s journey into F1 is unfolding throughout the testing program, as he has navigated through Silverstone, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and the Red Bull Ring. Each lap contributes to his growth, aiding him in his journey towards a permanent spot on the F1 grid.

With excitement building, Drugovich expressed his eagerness to reunite with the AMR23, saying:

“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.”

Drawing on his time spent in the simulator, he hopes to bridge the gap between the simulation and on-track performance, whilst providing feedback for the team.

“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.”

Mike Krack, Team Principal of the Aston Martin Team, spoke of his delight in offering Drugovich another chance to demonstrate his skill.

Krack highlighted the importance of the upcoming session in Monza in building both Drugovich’s confidence and the team’s strategy.

“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.”