Juri Vips is one of the drivers who has come up the ranks for Red Bull and impressed one and all with his performances in Formula 2. Christian Horner and Red Bull like many other teams have decided to invest in young drivers and not shied away from giving them a chance at the grandest stages of them all. This philosophy also has been accepted more or less by the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes.
We saw Red Bull give Sebastian Vettel at a really young age and the German returned the favor by winning four championships on the trot. After a period of slump, they again gave Max Verstappen his first chance at the age of 18, who became the youngest ever race winner beating Sebastian Vettel after he produced a driving masterclass on his debut at the Spanish GP. That was just not it.
Max Verstappen also helped Christian Horner finish the Mercedes dominance as he beat Lewis Hamilton in the last race of the season to win his first world championship. This is exactly what Christian Horner would be expecting out Juri Vips as he sets to make his Formula 1 debut replacing Sergio Perez in FP1 at the Spanish GP. The Red Bull team Principal knows the importance of young talent as he would have to replace Sergio Perez in the future.
Juri Vips all set to drive in place of Sergio Perez for Red Bull in FP1 at the Spanish GP
Christian Horner has held all the youngsters in high regards and understood the importance of developing young talent. In one of the interviews, he said, “We’ve got a great stable of young talent this year with Vips and Lawson in Formula 2, Jehan [Daruvala] as well.”
“We’ve got Hauger stepping up [as Formula 3 champion] – he’s another exciting talent. So we’ve got a rich vein of talent. Jak Crawford is an exciting young American, so yeah, we’re not short of talent!”
“[Finding seats is a problem], but they’re all in competitive cars in their categories, so let’s see,” as reported by racingnews365.
This is a huge opportunity for Juri Vips to impress Red Bull and Christian Horner and show his abilities as a driver. The Red Bull team Principal won’t care about age if he feels that a driver is ready for the challenge.