Vips gets DAMS opportunity
Red Bull junior Jüri Vips will make his Formula 2 debut in Spa Francorchamps next week for DAMS where the Estonian will replace the injured Sean Gelael who is out with injury.
The highly-rated Estonian who won three races last season in Formula 3 and was runner up in the Macau Grand Prix driving for Hitech Grand Prix was due to have a full season in Super Formula before COVID-19 and restrictions on possible non-entry to Japan from foreign nations causing Vips to miss the opening round in Motegi.
Vips is also having a brief spell in Formula Regional to get him up to the required amount of super licence points in order for him to be able to race in Formula 1 with the Estonian in the running for the second Alpha Tauri seat alongside fellow Red Bull juniors and Formula 2 race winners Yuki Tsunoda and Sérgio Sette Câmara.
DAMS called Vips up in the wake of Gelael being ruled out of the second half of the 2020 season with Vips being confirmed for at least the next three rounds at Spa, Monza and Mugello as he hopes to gain experience in a Formula 2 car in Belgium.
The Estonian talked of the challenge ahead of him as he aimed to get a good haul of points for DAMS alongside teammate Dan Ticktum.
“I’m very thankful and happy for the opportunity that DAMS has given me. I know it’s going to be really difficult to just jump in with more than half the F2 season already completed, but I will do everything I can to give the team as strong as a result as they deserve. I’m also looking forward to working alongside Dan, who I’m sure will help me get up to speed, and we will aim to get good points for the team.”
Gelael in a brief statement wished Vips well for the second half of the season as he expressed his disappointment of being sidelined for the second of the season.
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