Felipe Drugovich Continues as Aston Martin’s Test and Reserve Driver for 2024 Season
In a recent announcement, Aston Martin has confirmed that Felipe Drugovich will retain his position as their test and reserve driver for the 2024 F1 season. This news comes as a sigh of relief for both the team and Drugovich himself, as he has proven his capabilities throughout this year.
Drugovich, who has been supporting the team in his current role for the season, will also have the opportunity to participate in the first practice session ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He will substitute for the experienced Fernando Alonso, further showcasing his talent and potential.
Team Principal Mike Krack expressed his satisfaction with Drugovich’s performance and the value he brings to the team. Referring to Drugovich stepping in for Lance Stroll during pre-season testing, Krack emphasized his speed, work ethic, and understanding of the role. Aston Martin looks forward to continuing their successful partnership with Drugovich in the upcoming 2024 season.
Felipe Drugovich himself emphasized the growth he has experienced during his first year as a test and reserve driver. He expressed pride in the contribution he has made, both on the race track and in collaboration with the team’s engineers. Drugovich highlighted the opportunity to drive the AMR23 again during the FP1 session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and his anticipation for the upcoming season as he works closely with the engineers to prepare for 2024.
However, this announcement has implications beyond Aston Martin’s team. With just one seat remaining unclaimed for the 2024 season at Williams, speculation arises as to who will fill that position. Logan Sargeant, the American rookie driver currently occupying the second seat, has yet to receive confirmation for his return.
While Sargeant had a noteworthy achievement of scoring his first F1 points at the United States Grand Prix, his retirement during the Mexico City Grand Prix raised doubts about his future with Williams. With Drugovich secured by Aston Martin, Williams may need to explore other options. Liam Lawson, who is set to be a reserve driver at Red Bull for the upcoming year, could potentially be considered on loan by Williams.
As the pieces of the 2024 F1 grid puzzle come together, the confirmation of Drugovich’s continuation at Aston Martin adds another dimension to the driver line-up. The evolving statuses of Sargeant at Williams and Lawson at Red Bull keep the paddock on high alert to witness the final driver selections for the next season.
The Formula One community eagerly awaits further announcements that will shape the future of the sport, showcasing both established talents and the rising stars of the racing world.
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