Jack Doohan to exchange Esteban Ocon for Alpine in FP1 at Mexican Grand Prix : PlanetF1

Jack Doohan will get his first style of a System 1 race weekend session when he takes half in FP1 for Alpine on the Mexican Grand Prix.

The 19-year-old Australian will take Esteban Ocon’s place for the opening session of the weekend’s working as a part of a brand new FIA instruction for the 2022 season that two classes should be pushed by rookies.

Doohan is a member of the the Alpine Academy having left the Pink Bull junior group in 2021 and has been given a number of alternatives to check an F1 automobile up to now.

He drove the Alpine A521 on the Losail Worldwide Circuit in Qatar in Might after which once more at Monza shortly earlier than the British Grand Prix. His most up-to-date take a look at got here in September as he, Antonio Giovinazzi and Nyck de Vries put in some laps on the Hungaroring.

However not like Giovinazzi and De Vries, Friday’s session would be the first time he takes half in an official System 1 session. Talking forward of his run-0ut, Doohan mentioned he had been placing in time within the simulator to organize him for a brand new observe.

“I’ve had just a few runs this yr within the A521 however to be truly driving this yr’s present System 1 automobile, but additionally on the identical observe similtaneously the present System 1 drivers on a System 1 weekend, might be unbelievable and one thing I’ve dreamt of since I’ve been a bit child,” mentioned Doohan.

“We had some good time on the sim, I used to be in a position to work with the engineers to sort of get my head round it. It’s fairly a unprecedented circuit so it will likely be an expertise, not just for a brand new observe however to expertise circumstances like this, however nonetheless I’m super-excited.

“I’ve been overlooking, you may say, the System 1 weekend from afar over my System 2 season, having the ability to come as much as the paddock at sure factors.

“Really having the ability to be full time within the System 1 paddock and be with the engineers each second of the weekend will allow me to actually perceive the step-by-step actions required to in all probability be prepared for these classes and for the participation within the session.”

Crew boss Otmar Szafnauer mentioned it was essential for Alpine to provide younger drivers an opportunity and that they’ve been impressed with Doohan’s development.

“We’re very happy to announce Jack will be a part of the group in Mexico and take over driving duties for Free Follow 1,” the group boss mentioned.

“We’ve all been impressed with Jack’s development throughout many areas this season and he’s deserving of this opportunity as we proceed to nurture his excessive potential.

“It’s essential to provide our younger drivers alternatives to check System 1 vehicles and our Academy programme has confirmed to achieve success in doing simply that. We count on Jack to work exhausting in the course of the session and take as a lot as he can from the expertise of being concerned in a System 1 grand prix weekend.”

Doohan will carry out the identical duties for the group on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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