Felipe Drugovic is aiming to combine his reserve role at Aston Martin Formula 1 with racing in another series in 2023.
The 2022 Formula 2 champion does not want to spend a year on the sidelines, and Aston Martin supports him in the decision to seek a racing seat in another class. However, nothing has been signed yet, he told the press in Abu Dhabi.
“No, I don’t know what I’m going to do yet. Maybe I’ll do something. That’s the main goal. I want to keep driving, and so does Aston.” [Martin] He wants me to keep driving.
“Obviously the priority is to be in Formula One and try to be there in the future. But they want me to keep driving, so I hope to try to get into something else, a class higher than this.”
Super Formula, IndyCar, [Le Mans] Hypercar, anything like that. ”
Drugovich’s management is known to have held talks with Chip Ganassi Racing over an Indycar race seat over the summer, before signing with Aston Martin to become F1’s first rookie and reserve driver for the team.
Ganassi still struggled to find a driver to replace NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson in the fourth full-time IndyCar entry, which had plenty of interest but not from any drivers with the budget required for a full campaign.
After the F2 Final, Drojovic stayed at the Yas Marina Circuit to take part in the young driver’s official F1 test. It wasn’t the first time he’d driven an Aston Martin AMR22, as he made his Formula 1 free practice debut at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend, taking the wheel of Lance Stroll’s car.
Drugović said before the Test that he would “pay a little bit more than I did in free practice”.
“I was taking it really easy. Then when I finished the freestyle it was like, ‘Okay, maybe I took it a little too easy,’” he admitted.
“Obviously, the main objective was to get to know the car. Half of the session I was doing an aero test, so I took it pretty easy. This will be the first proper test I’ll have of an F1 car.”
Drugovich set himself a goal for his second day in the AMR22, which he ran on prototype 2023 Pirelli tires: “One of the main goals if this is really true is to give the team good feedback on how the tire is doing.”
The Brazilian was 15th fastest, and was one of the junior single-seater N graduates on the track. The fastest was Ferrari’s Robert Schwartzman, as well as Logan Sargeant (Williams), Liam Lawson (Red Bull), Jack Doohan (Alpine), Oscar Piastri (McLaren), Frederic Veste (Mercedes) and Teo Borshire (Alfa Romeo).