Alpine Academy announce four-driver line-up for 2022
The Alpine Academy have bolstered their driver line-up for 2022, adding Formula 3 vice-champion Jack Doohan and F3 race-winner Olli Caldwell to their roster, while retaining Victor Martins and Caio Collet.
Australian racer Doohan was signed by Formula 2 outfit Virtuosi Racing back in December. The 19-year-old is the son of five-time Moto GP World Champion Mick Doohan and finished second to Champion Dennis Hauger in F3 last year, winning four times and tallying up seven podiums in total.
Caldwell has also joined the academy for 2022 and will sign with Campos Racing in the second tier. The British 19-year-old spent the 2021 campaign with PREMA Racing in F3, winning once and scoring four podiums, ending the season eighth overall.
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Frenchman Martins was the highest placed rookie in F3 last season and will switch from MP Motorsport to ART Grand Prix for his second year in the third tier. After placing fifth in the standings last season, the 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup champion will be attempting to win his second single-seater title.
Martins’ 2021 MP Motorsport team mate Caio Collet will remain with the Dutch squad for a second season in F3. The Brazilian finished as runner-up to Martins in Formula Renault Eurocup in 2020 and ended his rookie year of F3 in ninth.
Danish racer Christian Lundgaard has graduated from the programme and signed a multi-year deal with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to race in IndyCar.
"We are only measured by our success on track and our goal as an Academy is always to win the Championships our drivers are competing in. Jack is fresh from finishing as runner-up in Formula 3 showing his raw speed in the Championship and again in his debut in Formula 2 last year," said Alpine Academy Director Mia Sharizman.
"While Olli comes into the Academy after a solid year in F3 where he managed four podium finishes and a race win. We accept it might take a few races for the two of them to adjust to their new surroundings, but we’re confident they will hit the ground running towards the second half of the season.
"For Victor and Caio, they know it’s time to deliver and fight for the F3 title this season after a strong first year in the series. They’ve been part of the Academy for four years and have shown strong development in every season. Victor won his first race last year and Caio scored some strong results. We are excited for both seasons to start next month."
Alpine are set to launch their 2022 car, the A522, on February 21 – two days before pre-season running begans in Barcelona.