Vips was drafted into the DAMS line-up for the Spa, Monza and Mugello F2 rounds to replace Sean Gelael, who injured his back in an incident in last month's Barcelona round.
The Estonian driver was unexpectedly available because COVID-19 travel restrictions had prevented him from travelling to Japan for the start of the new Super Formula season at Motegi, where he was supposed to race for Team Mugen.
After failing to pick up any points at Spa or Monza, Vips enjoyed a much more competitive weekend at Mugello, picking up seventh in the feature race before going on to finish third behind Christian Lundgaard and Louis Deletraz.
Now DAMS has confirmed that Vips will be staying with the team for the Sochi F2 round on September 26-27, ruling him out of the next Super Formula race at Okayama.
“I’m really happy with the points that the team scored this weekend," said Vips of his Mugello experience. "It wasn’t quite perfect, I didn’t fully maximise the car’s potential as there was the possibility of a podium in the Feature Race and I think we could have won today [in the sprint race] had I made a better start.
Juri Vips, Dams , leads Robert Shwartzman, Prema Racing, and Guanyu Zhou, UNI-Virtuosi
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"But I’m very thankful to DAMS for this opportunity and glad to repay them with this result. We sorted some of the elementary issues that were present in Spa and Monza while I was still acclimatising, and I was immediately fast in free practice and qualifying, just 0.350 seconds from pole position.
"The pace was there and the car was good, and I’m now really focused on just putting a full weekend together. It’s a great pleasure to be continuing in the car for Sochi and I’m hopeful that we can fight for the win.”
Vips' place at the Mugen Super Formula squad will again be filled at Okayama by Ukyo Sasahara, who made his series debut with the team at Motegi, finishing 11th.
Ukyo Sasahara, Team Mugen