Alpine Academy driver Jack Doohan will be introduced to Formula 1 machinery for the first time as he prepares for his maiden drive in the 2021 A521 this weekend – Sunday, May 15 – in Doha, Qatar.
Jack joins BWT Alpine F1 Team’s reserve driver Oscar Piastri this week for the three-day test at the Losail International Circuit. Oscar drove last year’s race-winning challenger on Wednesday and Thursday (May 11-12) in Qatar’s capital and gave him his first feel for the car in Austin, US, in April.
Nineteen-year-old Jack joined the Alpine Academy in January and has had mixed fortunes in his first FIA Formula 2 championship season to date in 2022. Saudi Arabia and later third position in Imola. Jack will aim to turn the promising pace into bigger points collections when the Formula 2 season resumes next weekend in Barcelona.
Oscar was in reserve in Miami last weekend and will join the F1 team for the upcoming back-to-back events in Barcelona and Monaco, after which the Melburnian heads to Spielberg, Austria, for the third test of his extensive private program.
Oscar Piastri: “These were two productive days of testing in Qatar, where I got more and more of a grip on the A521 Formula 1 car. It was very hot both days, but that is good for the physical preparation. The track has been mostly unused recently so there were varying levels of grip and conditions were quite dusty and windy. It was challenging at times, but important for me to learn how to ride in different conditions. I look forward to rejoining the F1 team in Barcelona and Monaco for my next private day of testing in June.”
Jack Doohan: “I’m super excited to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time. This is a moment I’ve been working on since I started racing karts, and I know these opportunities are extremely privileged. I am very grateful to Alpine for the opportunity and I look forward to giving my best on test day. I’ve looked behind the scenes on some private tests before and I’ve done a lot of preparation in the running simulator at Enstone, so I definitely feel ready for this challenge. I will build myself on the day, enjoy it at the same time and hopefully learn as much as possible together with the team. †
Julian Rouse, Alpine Academy Director: “We are very excited to give Jack his first run in a Formula 1 car. Since joining the program early this year, we have seen Jack develop and grow very quickly. He has spent some time with Enstone to prepare and he certainly shows promising potential. For Oscar, this is his second private test of the year as part of his intensive testing program in the 2021-spec Formula 1 car. It’s important for Oscar to stay fit and up-to-date in this kind of machine and we’re excited to continue supporting Oscar in his path. There is more coming for him throughout the year.”