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F2 champion Drugovich gets first taste of F1

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10/11/2022

Felipe Drugovich enjoyed his first experience of F1 power as he completed more than 300 kms of running in the AMR21 at Silverstone.

Drugovich, fresh from winning the F2 title in Monza, quickly got to grips with the team's 2021 car. The testing mileage means the 22-year-old Brazilian has completed the requirements to be granted a Super Licence to drive in the first free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, using Lance Stroll's car.

He is also set to drive as the nominated young driver at the season-ending Abu Dhabi test on Tuesday November 22nd.

"It is amazing to have my first experience of a Formula One car," said Drugovich. "I learned a huge amount and we did all the necessary work and mileage to be ready for Abu Dhabi.

"The weather was a bit tricky, but we did quite a few laps on the dry tyres before running on the wet tyres at the end of the day. The performance of the car was so impressive: the smoothness of the gearshifts, for example, and the lateral grip means you can carry so much speed into the corners.

"I really enjoyed the day; it was my first chance to start working properly with the team at the track. Big thanks to everybody who made it possible."

"Felipe did an excellent job during his test session," added Mike Krack. "He quickly adapted to the car and the changing conditions, and was on the pace after just a handful of laps.

"It is always exciting to see a young driver complete their first laps in a Formula One car and Felipe really made the most of the opportunity. He is an intelligent driver, worked well with the engineering team, and impressed us with his professionalism, performance and feedback."

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