Jüri Vips is a current Red Bull Junior driver, who competes in Formula Regional European and came in as a stand in for Formula 2. At the age of 20, he’s competed in a multitude of championships, where he’s had a fair few successes along the way.
Vips started his feeder series journey in 2016, when he moved up to ADAC Formula 4 and Italian Formula 4, joining Prema Powerteam. In ADAC F4, he came on the podium 5 times in his rookie season, where one was a second. This enabled him to finish in 6th with 138 points. In terms of the rookie standings, he finished in 2nd behind Nicklas Nielsen. Italian F4 was a much better season where the Estonian driver took his first feeder series win in Monza. He ended of the season in 5th with 140 points, missing out to Job van Uitert by 3.5 points. For his second season in these categories, Vips finished in 1st, taking home 2 wins and a further 5 podiums. For Italian Formula 4, he didn’t compete in enough rounds to warrant a position in the championship as he only attended three rounds, but still took a win and 4 other podiums regardless. Also between 2016 and 2017, Jüri also competed in MRF Challenge, driving the Formula 2000 cars. He classified in 6th, behind fellow Estonian driver Ralf Aron.
Jüri made his Formula 3 debut in 2017, driving in the European championship with Motopark. He joined for the 10th round as a guest driver, therefore ineligible to receive any points, but his best finish was 12th in a car that he had no practice in prior that season. Motopark decided to keep the Estonian driver for the 2018 season to allow him to compete in a full season of Formula 3 European, to which he drove to the best of his capabilities. With 8 podiums under his name, joined by 4 wins, he rounded the season off with 284 points, capable of 4th behind Robert Shwartzman. Motopark also invited him to Macau Grand Prix, where he finished 19th in the main race. Hitech noticed his talents and called him to take one of the seats for the inaugural season of Formula 3’s newly combined category, joining Leonardo Pulcini and Ye Yifei. Vips claimed 4 podiums, where 3 were wins, easily taking 141 points to sit 4th in the standings once again. Hitech brought him to Macau Grand Prix as well (where you can read more here). He had a very successful weekend there, to finish 2nd, missing out to Richard Verschoor.
For four rounds in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, Jüri Vips was called up to replace an injured Sean Gelael, driving in the DAMS car alongside Dan Ticktum. Despite having very little practice in the car, Vips managed to secure a 7th followed by a podium in Mugello, putting him in 16th with 16 points.
After being unable to secure a drive in Formula 2 or 3, Vips moved to Formula Regional European, comepting with KIC Motorsport. Current to 18th of November, he’s raced three rounds and sits 6th with 81 points.
Vips made his Super Formula debut with Team Mugen in 2019, replacing Patricio O’Ward for the final round. Though only finishing 19th, he was given another chance with the team for the following season. After clashes with Formula Regional, followed by further travel restrictions, Ukyo Sasahara replaced him.
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