Doohan within the body for Alpine F1 seat

Australian Jack Doohan, son of five-time motorbike world champion Mick, is a contender to switch Fernando Alonso on the Renault-owned Alpine System One group, in keeping with chief govt Laurent Rossi.

The 19-year-old is doing nicely in his rookie System Two championship season and is a member of the Alpine driver academy.

Rossi instructed the components one web site that Doohan was a consideration, even when fourth-placed Alpine would like somebody extra skilled who would have the ability to rating massive factors instantly.

“We consider in him, he’s proven a variety of potential, particularly recently — discuss being current on the proper second,” Rossi mentioned.

“He’s an incredible particular person, he’s quick, his father can be a champion I like and an individual I like. A method or one other we are going to attempt to put him in an F1 automobile in some unspecified time in the future.”

Mick Doohan was 500cc world champion, earlier than that class grew to become MotoGP, from 1994-98.

Rossi mentioned, nonetheless, that Alpine had been “as soon as bitten, twice shy” after the current contract dispute with Australian reserve driver and 2021 System Two champion Oscar Piastri who has signed for McLaren for 2023.

Alpine had spent closely on getting ready Piastri and had deliberate to mortgage him to Williams, in the identical approach Mercedes did with George Russell.

“We are going to honour our dedication to all drivers in our academy, however we’re questioning whether or not or to not proceed,” mentioned Rossi.

“We’re torn aside. We consider within the worth of the system but when we’re not protected, is it price it?…We actually surprise. It’s an enormous disappointment. Maybe an enormous actuality test.”

Skilled French driver and race winner Pierre Gasly is seen as Alpine’s first selection to switch double world champion Fernando Alonso, who’s shifting to Aston Martin subsequent 12 months, alongside Esteban Ocon.

Gasly’s transfer from Purple Bull-owned AlphaTauri is determined by Purple Bull being allowed to signal American IndyCar driver Colton Herta, who doesn’t have sufficient factors for a super-licence and would want particular permission from the FIA.

Indications from the governing physique are that they are going to persist with the principles.

“I feel if it’s not Colton Herta, then Pierre Gasly will keep and nothing will change,” AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost instructed reporters.

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