The 22-year-old Brazilian won five races to clinch the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship at Monza last weekend and signed his contract with AMF1 on the same day he was crowned champion.
The Driver Development Program has been designed in concert with AMF1 engineers and management and is intended to provide a stepping stone for junior drivers to reach Formula 1.
As a member of the program, Felipe will become one of the team’s reserve drivers. The team’s intention is for him to drive in FP1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (replacing Lance Stroll) and also take part in November’s young driver test at the Yas Marina Circuit.
For 2023, he will undertake an extensive test program behind the wheel of the 2021 AMR21 car and attend selected Grands Prix as a member of the team.
Becoming a member of the AMF1 Driver Development Program is a fantastic opportunity for me after a very successful 2022 season.
“Becoming a member of the AMF1 Driver Development Program is a fantastic opportunity for me, and only adds to what has been a very enjoyable and successful 2022 season.
“Winning in Formula 2 has long been regarded as the best possible launch pad for a career in Formula 1, and I see my role in AMF1 as giving me all the tools to take the crucial next step.
“For me, 2023 will be a learning curve: I will work with the F1 team, but my main goal is to learn and develop as a driver.
“I hope this will give me the opportunity to compete in Formula 1 in the future.”
Mike Krack, team manager
“Felipe has shown incredible talent, determination and consistency to win this year’s FIA Formula 2 Championship – I particularly remember his fantastic Sprint and Feature wins in Barcelona in May, which were very impressive.
“We are delighted to have him join us as a member of our Driver Development Programme, and look forward to welcoming him as part of our team in Abu Dhabi this November.”
I’m a big believer in rewarding young talent, and this is a great way to help develop the next generation of racing drivers.
Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman
“I’m very proud to have launched the AMF1 Driver Development Program – I’m a big believer in rewarding young talent, and this is a great way to help develop the next generation of racing drivers.
“We have watched and admired Felipe’s path to success in Formula 2 this year, and we want to provide him with all the skills and experience he needs to take the next step in his career.
“In the fullness of time, it would be the ultimate validation if he became a Formula 1 driver, joining the great pantheon of Brazilian racing drivers such as Emerson Fittipaldi and Ayrton Senna.”
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