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Doohan racks up more F1 mileage in current era Alpine A522

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Preparing Jack Doohan for Formula 1 is an ongoing project at Alpine F1 Team as the Australian got down to some serious testing with an outing at Zandvoort this past week, ahead of his reserve duties at this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix

The Alpine F1 reserve to Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly has been biding his time as he waits on the opportunity to make a mark on the grid. Track time is valuable for a driver who appears to be next in line to step up.

The two-day test at the home of the Dutch Grand Prix saw Doohan take to the track as part of the team’s first Testing of Previous Cars (TPC) programme of 2024 driving the Alpine A522 campaigned by Fernando Alonso and Ocon during the 2022 F1 season.

The team reported: “The test took place over two days as both Jack and the team’s Race Support Team grew familiar with the 2022 challenger ahead of a busy year’s programme.

“Alongside his trackside, simulator and marketing support, Jack’s testing programme is a key component of his duties as the team’s official Reserve Driver.”

Doohan: It was a super important test

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Of his latest mileage in a current-era F1 car, Doohan reported: “It was amazing to be back on track in the A522, running the car for the first time at Circuit Zandvoort. We have had a great two days and it was an incredible opportunity to have the track to myself.

“Running the new era of car meant that it was a super important test which gave the Race Support Team the opportunity to learn, furthering both their knowledge and my own as we get accustomed to the modern machinery.

“We managed to miss the weather on both days and had smooth running so a huge thanks is owed to the team for all their hard work to make it happen. I am grateful for all their support and dedication in the lead-up to and during this test. I am looking forwards to getting back out on track with them at Silverstone soon,” added Jack, son of MotoGP legend Mick Doohan.

The test in Zandvoort marked Doohan’s second F1 test this season. In February, he drove the race-winning A521 in Barcelona. He first drove the A522 when he made his Grand Prix weekend debut at the 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix on duty for FP1. He was then back in the car for FP1 in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

As for Doohan’s future, he should get the nod if Gasly or Ocon leave or are fired by Alpine. As the only Renault-powered team on the grid, they supply no customer team which might’ve provided a barter-seat for the Aussie. Time will tell if he makes it on the grid for the 2025 F1 season.

Big Question: What next for Jack Doohan?