Juri Vips named Red Bull’s reserve driver for Turkish GP

Formula 2 driver Juri Vips will join Red Bull and sister Formula 1 team AlphaTauri to serve as its reserve driver for this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.

Vips – a member of Red Bull’s young driver program – will be on standby for the two Honda-powered teams as he has completed 300 kilometers in a Formula 1 car, and has therefore been awarded his FIA Superlicense. It was in September that the FIA loosened Superlicense regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Estonian has been called up as neither of Red Bull’s existing reserve drivers, Sebastien Buemi and Sergio Sette Camara, are available this weekend.

Vips, 20, has made eight starts in F2 this season, having stepped in for the injured Sean Gelael, managing a podium at Mugello. This season he was due to race in Super Formula, the series in which Pierre Gasly made his name, but Vips’ plans were cut short by the global pandemic.