On Brazil stress, Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin function : PlanetF1

Felipe Drugovich mentioned he’s conscious of the “stress” of being the subsequent Brazilian in Method 1 however needs to make use of it as “motivation”.

Of the numerous nations to have formed the 72-year historical past of Method 1, there are few who’ve left fairly as giant an influence as Brazil.

In a rustic of greater than 200 million, a lot of its residents have gone on to drive within the pinnacle of motorsport and a choose few have achieved its highest honour.

The nation has been answerable for 101 F1 race wins, a determine solely the UK and Germany can beat, and has produced three World Champions in Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi and maybe the only most legendary determine in F1 historical past: Ayrton Senna.

All of which means that anybody who drives below the blue, yellow and inexperienced of the nationwide flag has one of many world’s most expectant nations watching.

There have been a complete of 31 Brazilian drivers and now Method 2 World Champion Felipe Drugovich hopes to affix them.

The 22-year-old was introduced in September because the inaugural member of the Aston Martin Driver Improvement Programme and can function the group’s reserve driver for 2023.

Talking solely to PlanetF1, Drugovich admitted he felt the “stress” of being the subsequent Brazilian within the sport however needs to make use of it as a catalyst for his potential profession in Method 1.

“It’s the primary time I can actually expertise my dwelling GP,” he informed PlanetF1 on the eve of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

“Getting out and in of the lodge within the morning, persons are already asking for photos.

“It feels actually good [to be Brazilian]. Clearly It comes with slightly little bit of stress however it’s a superb stress which is able to function motivation as a result of individuals care lots about who represents their nation and now that’s me.”

The latest arrival into the Aston Martin paddock will not be with out ambition although, admitting that his final purpose is to win the World Championship and revealing that he solely signed with Aston as soon as the prospect of a everlasting seat was now not an choice.

“We took the choice round Zandvoort,” he mentioned. “There have been fairly lengthy discussions as a result of we had been seeing what was attainable, what was on the desk.

“I simply didn’t need to miss out on any larger alternatives as a result of clearly larger is to be on the grid. As quickly as we noticed being on the grid was inconceivable, the most suitable choice was with Aston.”

The Brazilian has already been getting his toes below the desk, finishing a 300km check of the automotive at Silverstone and he additionally took half in FP1 in Lance Stroll’s automotive at Abu Dhabi.

“That was superb, a extremely good expertise,” he mentioned of the Silverstone run-out. “A dream come true. I actually loved it, the climate wasn’t superb however we managed to do 300km.

“The downforce is ridiculous. Even braking may be very totally different.

Felipe Drugovich has already spoken with “proper man to be taught from” Fernando Alonso

Drugovich will not be the one new face who will likely be dressed within the British Racing Inexperienced of Aston Martin subsequent season as Fernando Alonso makes his change from Alpine to switch the retiring Sebastian Vettel.

There’s hardly a greater instructor for Drugovich to be taught from than the two-time World Champion and the 22-year-old mentioned he had already been talking to the Spaniard.

“He wants no introduction and he’s been very nice to me,” the Brazilian mentioned. “Hopefully I can be taught lots from him subsequent yr. He’s the proper man to be taught from.”

Drugovich’s arrival, in addition to the creation of the motive force programme, is all a part of Aston Martin’s push to grow to be not solely a race winner but in addition a Championship contender,

The Brazilian mentioned he was impressed with what he has seen and mentioned that the group shares his purpose to “make it work”.

“The principle purpose for subsequent yr is getting as a lot expertise as I can. Following the group round, studying as a lot as I can as a result of it’s a brand new group for me.

“Driving is clearly the perfect factor you are able to do to get expertise but in addition following the briefings, stuff like that.

“The ambition is fairly excessive to make this driving programme work. I’m the primary man into it and they’re actually prepared to make it work and I’m the identical.

“I’ll work actually laborious to be there at some point [on the F1 grid] and hopefully I can begin this programme the proper approach.”

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