Christian Horner has confirmed that Juri Vips will race in Formula 2 next year.
Estonian driver Juri Vips has had an up and down year. However, most of his troubles have been off track rather than on it.
The 20-year-old was set to race full-time in Super Formula through the 2020 season with Team Mugen, only for Japan’s COVID-19 travel restrictions to complicate plans. This development left the driver hanging around the sidelines all season.
He has been made a Red Bull Racing reserve driver in recent races which will be some consolation for him as he holds an FIA super licence.
2020 did offer him some FIA Formula 2 chances with Sean Gelael’s injury in Barcelona mid-season. This meant he replaced the Indonesian at DAMS. His performances have justified the potential and faith the Red bull team have for him.
Ahead of Vips’ first official F1 test outing with Red Bull in Abu Dhabi next week, Red bull Racing team principal Christian Horner confirmed the plan for him to race in F2 through 2021.
“He’s a member of the junior team, he’s a talent for sure. He’s had a difficult year this year because he was meant to race in Super Formula in Japan and it didn’t really happen for him. He got some races in Formula 2, but he’s definitely a talent. He’ll be racing in Formula 2 next year.”
Vips completed all three days of F2’s post-season test in Bahrain this week with Hitech Grand Prix, and is expected to race for the team next year.
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