Jack Doohan, Alpine test, Oscar Piastri

Another Australian racing prodigy is about to get a taste of motorsport’s top tier, with Jack Doohan – son of Australian motorcycling legend Mick – jumping into the cockpit of an F1 car for the first time this weekend.

The Alpine Academy driver – who currently sits 17th in the Formula 2 Drivers’ Standings after three rounds – has been named to take part in the team’s practice session at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

The event sets up an all-Australian rider line-up for Alpine with compatriot Oscar Piastri also taking part.

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Preparing for a permanent place on the grid in 2023, Piastri has already tested in Austin in April, and will also take part in a third test in Austria later this year.

The call-up is a major milestone in Doohan’s promising career, having finished second in the Formula 3 championship last year.

“I’m super excited to be driving a Formula 1 car for the first time,” said the 19-year-old.

“It’s been a moment I’ve been building since I started racing karts, and I know these opportunities are extremely privileged.

“I’m very grateful to Alpine for this opportunity and I can’t wait to give my best on the test day.

“I’ve watched behind the scenes of some private testing already and done a lot of prep in the loop simulator at Enstone, so I feel really ready for this challenge.

“I will build on the day, enjoy it at the same time and hope to learn as much as possible alongside the team.”

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