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Famin: Doohan an option [to replace Ocon]

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Bruno Famin, Alpine’s Team Principal, revealed that the team’s reserve driver Jack Doohan, is an option to replace Esteban Ocon at the team in 2025.

Alpine announced ahead of the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix that Ocon will no longer driver for them in 2025, and duly gave Doohan an FP1 outing in Montreal.

Doohan, a race winner in Formula 2 and runner up in Formula 3, has been involved with Alpine since 2022 as their academy driver, and then a reserve driver for the Formula 1 team since 2023.

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The young Australian driver is being tipped to replace Ocon with the team in 2025, alongside Pierre Gasly who is expected to carry on with the French F1 outfit in 2025.

Asked by Sky Sports F1 about Doohan’s chances to replace Ocon in 2025, Famin said: “I think he’s an option, for sure – Jack is an option.

“We’re preparing him. He has a quite heavy testing programme, and we are happy with that. Let’s see how he develops. He’s one possibility among others, but he’s one possibility for sure,” he added.

Quizzed whether Doohan is the favorite for the vacant Alpine seat in 2025, Famin responded: “I won’t comment, I won’t answer that one. Well tried!”

In the same interview, Famin explained the reasoning behind showing Ocon the door, which came after the latter clashed with teammate Gasly in Monaco, taking himself out of the race.

When asked if the Monaco incident drove the decision he said: “I’m much more focused on what is coming than what happened before.

“I think with Esteban, and with Pierre… I’ve said it several times before, we have been talking for months. I think with Esteban it was quite clear that we were coming [to] the end of the cycle.

“He has been with us for five years, he’s still here with us for the [rest] of the season, 16 races to go. I’m sure we will still do very good work all together.

“I trust his professionalism, and we will do our best all together to get the best possible results,” Famin concluded.