Alpine confirms Jack Doohan for FP1 at British Grand Prix

Alpine confirms Jack Doohan for FP1 at British Grand Prix

Alpine has confirmed Jack Doohan will get a drive in opening practice for this weekend’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

This weekend’s British Grand Prix will see Alpine F1 reserve driver Jack Doohan back behind the wheel of an F1 car with the Australian scheduled to take over Pierre Gasly’s A524 in Friday’s opening practice session.

His run comes as F1 regulations mandate every team to run a young driver in at least two practice sessions during the season and his appearance sees Alpine satisfy the requirement. It’s the second such outing of the season for the 21-year old who stepped into Esteban Ocon’s car during Free Practice 1 at the Canadian Grand Prix last month.

Doohan will be hoping for better weather at Silverstone after rain ruined his first F1 outing with Alpine in Canada last month, limiting him to just four laps total in the practice. He is also in the midst of a comprehensive testing programme with the 2022 ground effect car as part of his preparations for a potential promotion to F1 in 2025.

Confirmation of Doohan’s participation in the session comes as he remains in the frame for a race drive with the team next season. He is in contention, along with Mick Schumacher, for the drive alongside Gasly, who inked a contract extension with the squad last week.

Carlos Sainz has also been linked with a move to Enstone, for whom he raced when it was known as Renault in 2017 and 2018, though is considered an outsider as he weighs up offers from Williams and Sauber (Audi).

Doohan will be joined by two other young drivers in Friday’s FP1: Ferrari Driver Academy member and Haas reserve Ollie Bearman and Williams development driver Franco Colapinto.

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