The son of an Australian motorsports legend has taken one other step in the direction of the large time as he obtained the prospect to drive an F1 automotive.
A Formula One crew had a uncommon all-Australian line-up, not less than for just a few days of mid-season testing this weekend.
Jack Doohan, son of Aussie MotoGP legend Mick Doohan, obtained his first probability to drive a F1 automotive as a part of Alpine’s testing at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
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Also becoming a member of him was Alpine’s reserve F1 driver Oscar Piastri, who is continuous his testing program with Alpine this 12 months.
It is a big milestone for Doohan, who was thrilled on the alternative to get behind the wheel of a F1 automotive.
“I’m super excited to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time,” the 19-year-old stated.
“This is a moment that I’ve been building up to ever since I started racing karts, and I know these opportunities are extremely privileged.
“I’m very grateful to Alpine for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to giving it my best on the test day.
“I’ve watched behind the scenes at some private tests before and I’ve completed a lot of preparation in the loop simulator at Enstone, so I’m definitely feeling ready for this challenge.
“I’ll build myself up on the day, enjoy it at the same time and hopefully learn as much as possible alongside the team.”
Doohan is at the moment racing in F1’s feeder competitors Formula 2, the place he has had a troublesome begin to the season, having solely scored six factors in three rounds.
He joined Piastri on the check in Qatar, together with his fellow Aussie younger gun finishing two days of testing through the week.
Piastri has beforehand examined in Austin, Texas in April and can participate in a 3rd check in Austria later this 12 months.
Last 12 months, the 21-year-old gained the Formula 2 championship in dominant style to clinch his third junior title in as a few years.
But there wasn’t a spot obtainable for him on the F1 grid, as Alfa Romeo opted for Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu as a substitute.
That is more likely to change in 2023, with all indicators pointing to Piastri becoming a member of the large leagues at Alpine, or alternatively at Haas or Williams whereas Fernando Alonso continues to point out good type for the French-based crew.