The son of an Australian motorsport legend has taken another step towards the great era when he got the chance to drive an F1 car.
A Formula 1 team had a rare all-Australian line-up, at least for a few days of mid-season testing this weekend.
Jack Doohan, son of Australian MotoGP legend Mick Doohan, got his first chance to drive an F1 car as part of the Alpine test at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
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Alpine’s reserve F1 driver Oscar Piastri also accompanied him, who continues his testing program with Alpine this year.
It’s an important milestone for Doohan, who was thrilled to get behind the wheel of an F1 car.
“I’m super excited to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time,” said the 19-year-old.
“This is a moment I’ve been working on since I started racing karts, and I know these opportunities are extremely privileged.
“I am very grateful to Alpine for this opportunity and I look forward to giving my best on test day.
“I’ve looked behind the scenes on some private tests before and I’ve done a lot of preparation in the running simulator at Enstone, so I definitely feel ready for this challenge.
“I will build myself on the day, enjoy it at the same time and hopefully learn as much as possible together with the team.”
Doohan is currently racing in the Formula 2 feeder competition, where he has had a difficult start to the season, scoring just six points in three rounds.
He joined Piastri during the test in Qatar, while his fellow Aussie boy tested two days a week.
Piastri tested earlier in April in Austin, Texas and will participate in a third test in Austria later this year.
Last year, the 21-year-old won the Formula 2 Championship in a dominant fashion to take his third junior title in as many years.
But there was no spot available for him on the F1 grid, as Alfa Romeo chose Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu instead.
That is likely to change in 2023, with all signs pointing to Piastri joining the major leagues at Alpine, or alternatively Haas or Williams, while Fernando Alonso continues to show good form for the France-based team.