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Jack Doohan

Exclusive: Potential Ocon replacement sees 'good chance' for F1 call-up

Jack Doohan is being touted as a potential option for Alpine in 2025 - RacingNews365 exclusively spoke to the Australian driver about his hopes for the future.

Jack Doohan completes first test of 2024 in A522 at Circuit Zandvoort
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Formula 1 hopeful Jack Doohan has asserted he sees a “good chance” to be promoted to the Alpine squad in 2025.

Doohan is currently operating as Alpine's reserve driver and has recently been linked with a promotion to the Enstone-based team.

Following the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend, Alpine team principal Bruno Famin warned there would be “consequences” after a collision occurred between Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly.

Speculation has mounted that Ocon could be ousted fro the team, even before the upcoming race weekend in Canada.

Earlier this month at Zandvoort, RacingNews365 spoke to Doohan after he took part in a two-day test behind the wheel of Alpine's 2022 car.

“I just want to make sure that I can get in the seat next year,” he said, reflecting on his chances for a drive. 

“I want to be in there with Alpine. I have objectives to do out of the car, in the car, whether that’s in the simulator or on the track, but also here testing. 

“Making sure that I’m maximising, ticking all of the boxes. I feel that’s what I’m doing now. With the position that I’m in and what I’ve done, I feel I should be in with a good chance for a seat next year.

“We obviously chose the decision not to race this year, to prepare me more for F1.

“With the simulator, there’s also on-track testing so it will be a natural transition to continue on this path with Alpine and join as a full-time driver next year.”

Doohan wants to 'repay' Alpine faith

Doohan finished third in the Formula 2 championship last year, his second season in the junior category.

As he continues his preparation for F1, the Australian is set to receive more test outings later this year as part of Alpine's current run plan.

When asked what his dream scenario for the next years is, Doohan replied: “To be signed as an Alpine F1 driver for 2025 and beyond.

“[I want to] join the team, continue to progress and continue to work forward with that new philosophy, moving forward with the team and getting to the place where we want to be.

“Alpine have dedicated a lot to me and gave me a great opportunity. 

“I really want to have the chance to repay that and get to where we want to be. 

“Not just driving in F1, but getting to where I know all that work ethic is going towards, which is hopefully being on the podium and winning races in the future.”

Keep an eye on our channels for the full interview with Doohan!

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