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Juri Vips will debut in the 2022 Spanish GP of F1 with Red Bull

The Estonian driver, who currently competes in the Formula 2 championship, will have the opportunity to drive Sergio Pérez’s car during the first free practice session on Friday morning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Juri Vips’ opportunity with Red Bull comes largely due to a new regulation introduced by the FIA to help ensure more mileage for young drivers.

For the 2022 season, teams are required to place a rookie driver (who has not participated in more than two F1 races) at the wheel of one of their cars in at least two free practice sessions.

At the moment Vips is the logical choice for Red Bull , having been part of their young driver program for a number of years. His first appearance as a driver for the energy drink team came before the 2018 Macau Grand Prix , after rising to fame following his 2017 ADAC Formula 4 title win.

Vips secured the Formula 1 super license at the end of the 2020 season after completing sufficient mileage during his trials with Red Bull . As well as acting as a reserve driver for the Milton Keynes based team and also for sister team AlphaTauri, on several occasions, he has also regularly taken part in the end of season young driver tests in Abu Dhabi.

Aside from his F1 commitments, this weekend Vips will also continue his F2 campaign, where he currently sits sixth overall. His best result to date was second place in the Saudi Arabian sprint race.

Vips is not the only one to replace a regular driver on Friday morning at the Spanish GP.

Formula E champion Nyck de Vries has received the call from Williams to drive Alex Albon’s car, in what will be an evaluation of the Dutch driver for a possible future opportunity.

At Alfa Romeo, Robert Kubica will also get behind the wheel of an F1 car for the first time since Pirelli’s tire tests at Imola, replacing Guanyu Zhou in FP1.

Given Kubica ‘s experience in F1, it means he won’t count towards the rookie driver rule, so Alfa Romeo will still have to put a young driver through two free practices for the rest of the 2022 season.

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