Vips returns to the team after a year away, having taken fourth in F3 with them in 2019 on the back of three wins and four podiums. The Estonian made his F2 debut last season, scoring 16 points, including a podium finish in his six-race stint, and will now make the step up full-time to Formula 2 with Hitech GP.
A rising star in the Red Bull Junior Team, Estonian driver Jüri Vips is currently racing for Hitech Grand Prix in Formula Two.
Jüri Vips began his career in motorsports in 2011 at 10 years of age in karting and he went on to land the Rotax Max junior championship in that discipline in 2014. By 2016 the Tallinn-born star had moved on to single-seater racing in the form of Formula 4 in the Italian F4 and ADAC Formula 4 championships with Prema Powerteam. Vips was an immediate success at that level, winning the title of Italian F4 rookie champion in 2016 before going on to claim the 2017 ADAC Formula 4 overall title in 2017.
The move into F3 wasn’t long in coming, with Vips making his debut in the final race of the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Hockenheim.
In the 2018 Formula 3 European Championship, Vips drove for Motopark and ended that campaign with four race wins and fourth place in the overall championship (two spots behind fellow Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum).
That success led to Vips teaming up with the Red Bull Juniors for the Macau GP at the end of the 2018 season and the Estonian joined HitechGP in the FIA Formula 3 Championship for the 2019 campaign, where he enjoyed a successful campaign.
Vips finished fourth overall in his debut season in Formula 3 and early in 2020 it was confirmed that he would drive for Team Mugen in the 2020 Super Formula Championship alongside Tomoki Nojiri.
Unfortunately global travel restrictions meant he couldn’t make it over to Japan to participate in the Super Formula action. Instead Vips competed in Formula Regional European Championship events before taking the place of the injured DAMS driver Sean Gelael in Formula 2, where he made a big impression by clinching third place at the ninth race of the season in Mugello, Italy.
Vips also enjoyed his maiden outing for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing during post-season testing in Abu Dhabi when it was confirmed that he would spend the 2021 season racing in Formula Two.