Felipe Drugovich, Aston Martin, Yas Marina, 2022 post-season test

Drugovich aims to race ‘any level higher than Formula 2’ in 2023

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In the round-up: Formula 2 champion and Aston Martin junior driver Felipe Drugovich says he is looking to race in any series that is on a level higher than F2 in 2023.

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Drugovich aims to race ‘any level higher than Formula 2’ in 2023

Formula 2 champion and Aston Martin junior driver Felipe Drugovich says he is looking to race in any series that is on a level higher than F2 in 2023.

FIA rules forbid Drugovich from competing in F2 for 2023 as champion. He was signed by Aston Martin to be the first driver of their new driver development programme and will undertake a test programme in 2023 and attend a number of races with the team.

While Drugovich has not confirmed any racing plans for next season. However, he says he is only interested in racing in categories above F2, such as racing Hypercars in the World Endurance Championship.

“I’m just hoping I can race something professionally,” Drugovich said. “Also something that doesn’t really clash so much with Formula 1. So it has to be a programme that doesn’t take so many days from my year.

“Anything over Formula 2, I’ll be looking at. So it could be Hypercar or Super Formula or anything. I just don’t know yet what it is.”

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Formula 1 is setting up an F1 Academy in a bid to provide more opportunities for young women in motorsport develop their skills in a sport where funding limits opportunities. Reader @alianora-la-canta recognises the complex realities facing racing drivers who are women.

Exclude girls from sport by treating them worse (which especially extends to funding), and they don’t develop their talents fully as women. There’s a reason there’s been a big improvement in women’s football in the last 3 years following a significant (but still a drop in the ocean compared to men’s football investment levels) increase in funding.

The what-ifs don’t work when we already know that for this generation, women were denied the opportunity to meaningfully compete on merit against men (most likely due to finances).

I don’t think F1 Academy is likely to be any more successful than W Series because both miss the actual problem – they treat women as important as an accessory to men’s sport instead of doing it as an integral part of a combined sport and showing their worth in and of themselves. I did an equation and worked out that W Series would probably have been better off funding 4-6 cars in British F4 and providing the support structures W Series had (feasible with the money said to have been budgeted) and doing a documentary/TV series to garner media interest.
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  • 6 comments on “Drugovich aims to race ‘any level higher than Formula 2’ in 2023”

    1. Anything over Formula 2, I’ll be looking at. So it could be Hypercar or Super Formula or anything. I just don’t know yet what it is.

      Indycar. They sure put the scare to F1 back in the CART days and might do again.

    2. Well, what series doesn’t clash with F1 often?
      SF might be this way, but whether that series has enough drives left for next year is another matter.

      A 2021 Hungarian GP rear wing endplate is an interesting gift.

      I like that Ferrari stole Honda’s slogan.

      1. WEC only clashes 5 times. (out of 7) Missing 5 out of 24 weekends is not that much.

      2. @jerejj I forgot it was Hondas slogan.

        Maybe in some universe they will work together to build the absolutely perfect power of dreams

    3. Is Indycar a higher level than Formula 2 for Drugovich?
      (there may not be spaces!)

    4. The model discussed in the COTD works just fine in the ELMS. The all female Iron Dames car is a regular podium contender in their class. Talented women need money to finance a real motorsport career, not their own fenced off series.

      Aside from making small adjustments that might make driving the cars more comfortable for women, there is no reason for segregating motorsports. It isn’t a sport like cycling, tennis, football or the like where women simply can’t compete with adult men.

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