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Famin gives response over Doohan’s chances of securing 2025 race seat with Alpine

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Alpine team boss Bruno Famin has discussed Jack Doohan’s chances of turning his reserve driver role into a race seat with the outfit next season, saying the Australian is “one possibility among others”.

Alpine recently announced that they will be parting ways with Esteban Ocon at the end of the current campaign, while team mate Pierre Gasly’s future beyond 2024 has yet to be confirmed.

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Meanwhile, F3 championship runner-up and F2 race winner Doohan has been gathering plenty of F1 testing mileage with Alpine and made his latest free practice outing during the recent Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

SUZUKA, JAPAN - APRIL 04: Jack Doohan of Australia and Alpine F1 and Mick Doohan walk in the

Doohan is the son of five-time 500cc motorcycle world champion Mick

After that run, which followed on from FP1 appearances in Mexico and Abu Dhabi in 2022 and 2023, Famin discussed Doohan’s standing within Alpine and if he is on the team’s list for a future seat.

“I think he’s an option, for sure – Jack is an option,” Famin said during an interview with Sky Sports F1, which also included more details on why Alpine and Ocon have decided to separate.

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“We’re preparing him. He has a quite heavy testing programme, and we are happy with that. Let’s see how he develops. He’s one possibility among others, but he’s one possibility for sure.”

Pushed on whether Doohan is the favourite to land a seat at Alpine next season, Famin refused to be drawn and smiled: “There is no… I won’t comment, I won’t answer that one. Well tried!”

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 07: Jack Doohan of Australia and Alpine F1 climbs into the cockpit of his

Doohan has been part of the Alpine Academy since 2022

Doohan himself has stated that he feels “very” ready to step up to F1 full-time given the virtual and real-life experience he has gathered with Alpine in recent years, though is taking nothing for granted when it comes to a potential 2025 chance.

“It’s difficult to say anything with Formula 1 is for certain,” the 21-year-old commented. “My dream is to be on the grid, my dream is to be in Formula 1. I’m here with the team as a reserve driver preparing myself to be in the car.

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“That is where I want to be, and every time I get to do that, whether it’s the sim or on track, experiencing myself with marketing, in comms, I’m trying to position myself to get that opportunity. Nothing is for certain, there’s no givens, but I want to be there.”

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