This season, the highest category of motorsport introduced a change in the regulations so that the teams were obliged to give their young drivers more opportunities in official grand prix sessions, establishing that two FP1s should be yes or yes for a rookie driver or with short experience in the ‘Great Circus’.
Unlike some teams, which managed it during the course of the season, in Alpine they have reached the last three appointments of the course with that task pending, largely due to the contractual problems they had with Oscar Piastri, a situation that ended being resolved in court, with a resolution in favor of McLaren, a team for which he will drive in 2023.
Finally, the French have been able to confirm that Jack Doohan, current driver of the Alpine young driver academy, who plays on the Formula 2 grid, will be in charge of getting on the French car, the A522, in free practice 1 of the Mexican GP and the Abu Dhabi GP.
Jack Doohan , son of motorcycling legend Michael Doohan, finished second in the Formula 3 standings in 2021 and made his Formula 2 debut at the last two rounds of last season, scoring his points from both rounds.
This year, the 19-year-old driver has achieved his first victories and podiums in Formula 2 and is in fifth position in the drivers’ standings with one round remaining in the season, which will take place in Abu Dhabi, the same weekend that you will have the pleasure of driving the 2022 F1 Alpine.
Although this decision has not come as a surprise due to everything that has happened in recent months, with this decision Alpine fails to fulfill the promise it made to Oscar Piastri, a decision that is logical if one takes into account that from Next year the young Australian will be in one of his most direct rivals.
Other teams have yet to confirm their FP1 programs for young drivers, for example both Red Bull and AlphaTauri still have one of the two mandatory sessions pending. Nyck de Vries, who will leave the Mercedes structure to sign for the energy drink team, will drive the W13 again in Mexico.
Pietro Fittipaldi will be with Haas in Mexico and Abu Dhabi, Pato O’Ward will drive the McLaren in Abu Dhabi, Felipe Drugovich and Robert Shwartzman will drive alongside Aston Martin in Abu Dhabi and Logan Sargeant, with Williams, in Mexico and Abu Dhabi.
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