Despite multiple lucrative racing offers, Felipe Drugovich has committed to a reserve and test role at Aston Martin for 2024 while maintaining hopes for a permanent seat in Formula 1.
‣ Felipe Drugovich prefers a reserve and test role at Aston Martin to racing
‣ Drugovich decided to wait for his chance at Aston Martin and recently extended his contract there
‣ Drugovich hopes for a permanent seat at Aston Martin in Formula 1
‣ Uncertainty surrounding the future of Lance Stroll at Aston Martin
After a successful season in the Formula 2 championship, Felipe Drugovich found himself in high demand as racing opportunities flooded in. The talented 23-year old has recently tested for Maserati’s Formula E team and was sought after to replace a driver in the ’24 season. However, the Brazilian has decided to bide his time and explore a reserve role at Aston Martin instead. This move included an extension of his original contract with Aston Martin.
This choice comes amid the temptation of a potential seat in IndyCar, to which Drugovich admitted that he was made an offer by Ed Carpenter Racing. Although he considered the American opportunity, he ultimately decided to turn down the contract, having set his sights on a future in Formula One. Drugovich is staying patient and keeping his options open, hoping to avoid giving up on his dream of permanently racing with Aston Martin, with an eye cast towards the expiration of Fernando Alonso‘s contract and the unresolved situation surrounding Lance Stroll.
Drugovich is hopeful for a seat in Formula 1 as his aim remained to move up the ranks while his contract with Aston Martin was extended. He confirmed that he is keeping an eye on the end of next year’s season when the contract with the Spaniard will expire, and the lingering question about Lance Stroll’s future with the team due to murmurs of a potential sale. He maintains an optimistic outlook, confessing that “That’s the plan.” Even with tempting offers to race in other series, Drugovich is unwavering in his determination to see his future in Formula 1 come to fruition.