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Alpine confirm 19 year-old will make F1 debut at Mexico

Formula 2 star and Alpine Academy Driver Jack Doohan will make his FP1 debut with the team at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Jack Doohan will make his Formula 1 debut with Alpine during Friday Practice 1 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. The F2 racer and Alpine Academy driver will replace Esteban Ocon for the teams mandatory rookie session, with it being the 19 year-old's second outing in A522 having previously driven it at the team’s 100km-restricted filming day in Monza in September. Doohan has also tested last year’s A521 throughout 2022 with private test days in Qatar in May, Monza in June and in Budapest last month. Speaking about the opportunity, Doohan said he has "prepared as best as I can" for the F1 weekend debut. “I’m extremely grateful to Alpine for giving me this opportunity to drive in Free Practice in Mexico. It’s always a huge honour to be entrusted to drive a Formula 1 car, so to have the opportunity on a Grand Prix weekend is very special," he said. "Ultimately, the aim is to be doing this every week and this experience is another step closer to achieving that goal. "I’ve prepared as best as I can, and I think it’s going to be very exciting to experience the car at this type of circuit with the high altitude and very high top speed. "I’ll work hard on the day, do everything the team sets out and, at the same time, enjoy the moment as I know it’s going to be a unique opportunity.” Alpine will run Doohan again during FP1 for the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi in November.

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