Felipe Drugovich will return as a test and reserve driver for Aston Martin in 2024, with the former Formula 2 champion confident he may eventually replace Fernando Alonso or Lance Stroll, and Aston Martin’s performance director, Tom McCullough, praising his work and improvement in the team’s test programme.
‣ Felipe Drugovich will return as an Aston Martin test and reserve driver in 2024, but will have to wait at least another year to become a regular driver in Formula 1.
‣ Drugovich, a former Formula 2 champion, is confident that he may eventually replace Fernando Alonso or Lance Stroll.
‣ Aston Martin’s performance director, Tom McCullough, has praised Drugovich for his work as a reserve driver and his contribution to the team’s test programme.
‣ Drugovich has driven over 6,000 kilometres in Aston Martin’s test programme, improving with each session and demonstrating strong skills in race simulations and qualifying.
Felipe Drugovich’s dream of becoming a regular driver in Formula 1 is on hold. He’ll have to wait at least another year. In 2024, he’ll return as an Aston Martin test and reserve driver. The former Formula 2 champ is pretty confident, though. He’s got his eyes on Fernando Alonso or Lance Stroll’s seats. Instead of racing in Formula E or IndyCar, he’s chosen to stick to the sidelines.
Aston Martin is pleased to have Drugovich around. The Brazilian has been low-key, mostly out of the spotlight. But he’s been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the British team. Tom McCullough, Aston Martin’s performance director, is a big fan. He says, “As a reserve driver, he’s a great one for us to have.”
Hamilton seems to be in high spirits. He calls this the ‘most exciting time of the year’.
McCullough reminisces about a year ago. He recalls, “When he first drove for us at the back end of last year, we were really impressed with him.” He mentions a race simulation Drugovich did in Bahrain. Lance was injured, and Drugovich stepped in. McCullough was impressed. He thought, wow, the car really is quite strong.
Drugovich has been busy. He’s been driving a lot of test miles for Aston Martin. He’s been in action outside the Grand Prix weekends, driving the team’s older F1 cars. McCullough says, “He’s done over 6,000 kilometres with us in our test programme, and every single time he’s getting better and better.” They’re training him in qualifying, race simulations, and all the racing skills. He’s also doing a lot of simulator work. McCullough thinks he’s a really strong simulator driver. He says, “I wasn’t at all surprised that he just sits in the car and does a top-line job.”
Alonso seems to agree with Verstappen. He says, ‘That drains my battery’.