Alpine undecided over 2023 F1 reserve

Thu, 19 January 2023, 07:00

Jan.19 (GMM) Alpine is not ready to name Jack Doohan as the Renault-owned team’s official reserve driver in 2023.

Having lost 2022 reserve Oscar Piastri to McLaren, the Formula 1 team’s most prominent development driver is Doohan, the 19-year-old son of Australian motorcycle racing legend Mick Doohan.

Doohan finished sixth in his first full Formula 2 season in 2022, and will remain with the same Virtuosi team this year.

When asked about the vacant Alpine reserve seat, team boss Otmar Szafnauer answered: “I haven’t thought about it yet.

“Jack will definitely have a role in the team but we haven’t decided which one yet,” he is quoted by France’s Auto Hebdo.

When asked specifically about Doohan, the Alpine chief added: “He’s really good.

“He is very professional for a young guy, he works hard and prepares very well. He drives with confidence. He has great potential.”

However, Alpine also has Frenchman Victor Martins, the 21-year-old reigning champion of FIA Formula 3, on its roster.

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