Juri Vips to make Spa F2 debut, replacing injured Gelael at DAMS

The Estonian is to replace regular driver Sean Gelael, who suffered a back injury in an impact with a kerb on the last lap of the feature race at Barcelona last weekend. Vips will also contest at least the Monza and Mugello races.

Last year Vips raced in the FIA F3 series, winning three races and finishing fourth in the championship. He was also second at Macau, where he took pole position. For 2020 Red Bull steered him towards Super Formula rather than F2.

He contested one race there in 2019, but his 2020 season has been compromised by the COVID-19 crisis and travel restrictions that mean the 20-year-old has not been able to get to Japan. Earlier this month he took part in the first rounds of the Formula Regional Europe series at Misano.

“I’m very thankful and happy for the opportunity that DAMS has given me,” said Vips. “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 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.”

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