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Doohan set to drive for Alpine in Mexico and Abu Dhabi FP1 sessions

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SUZUKA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 22: Esteban Ocon of France and Alpine F1 and Jack Doohan of Australia and

Formula 2 racer Jack Doohan will get behind the wheel for the Alpine F1 team during first practice in Mexico and Abu Dhabi.

The 20-year-old is currently sitting fourth in the F2 drivers’ standings with one round remaining.

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Doohan – now into his second season with the Alpine Academy – previously took part in the same two FP1 sessions for the outfit during the latter stages of the 2022 campaign.

Despite his first outing in Mexico City being cut short due to “anomalies” on his Renault power unit, the Australian admitted that the memory of making his Formula 1 weekend debut was something he would “cherish forever”.

Now Doohan will return to the cockpit when he drives the A523, with F1 teams required to run a young driver – defined as someone who has started no more than two Grands Prix – in two FP1 sessions per season.

The Abu Dhabi weekend will feature both the Formula 1 and Formula 2 season finales, so it is likely to be a busy event for Doohan, who enters the F2 final round with a seven-point advantage over fellow Alpine Academy driver Victor Martins.

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Just one point behind Martins is Ferrari junior Oliver Bearman, who will also compete in FP1 sessions in Mexico and Abu Dhabi for the Haas team.

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