Felipe Drugovich set for next step after #ADACF4 success
Having made his single-seater debut with Austria's Neuhauser Racing in 2016, another successful season followed for Felipe Drugovich, who decided to change to Van Amersfoort Racing at the beginning of this year.
After fourth place in the ADAC Formula 4 Rookie Championship, he finished 13th in the overall standings in 2016. Promising improvement followed by making the change to the Dutch outfit: With six wins and a total of nine podium finishes, the 17-year-old was fighting for the championship.
After keeping his hopes high, the Brazilian narrowly missed out on the title during the final ADAC F4 weekend at Hockenheim at the end of September. After his successful season in the German junior category, Drugovich will now join Van Amersfoort Racing for the FIA F3 European Championship season final in Hockenheim this coming weekend.
Brazilian Drugovich joins Van Amersfoort Racing's F3 outfit for the final round in Hockenheim ©Van Amersfoort Racing
Following two days of testing last week, the young racing driver is looking forward to his first international event in Formula 3. "It will be a different experience, that’s for sure. It will take some time to get used to the new car and the different driving style. It is my goal to improve my speed over the weekend, and for me it is all about gaining experience and we see where it will lead us", said Drugovich.
"During the season Felipe has improved his skills over and over again. He overcame setbacks more than once and kept on being a frontrunner in the German ADAC F4 championship. The opportunity did present itself and we think it is a logical next step for Felipe to step up to F3. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to the faster speeds and the higher downforce of a Formula 3 car. With that being said, we see this event as a first step for Felipe to gain experience at this level before the winter break", explained Frits van Amersfoort, Team Principal and founder of Van Amersfoort Racing.
Van Amersfoort Racing will be present at 10th and final round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with all four Dallaras powered by Mercedes-Benz. At the Hockenheimring, Formula 3 rookie Felipe Drugovich will be teamed up with 2016 ADAC F4 champion Joey Mawson from Australia, Briton Harrison Newey and fellow countryman Pedro Piquet.