These would be the final alternatives for any groups to run rookies this 12 months, as Brazil is a dash race and thus FP1 is adopted by qualifying within the afternoon.
It’s understood than any formal affirmation of Doohan’s outings had been delayed by issues over formally finalising Oscar Piastri’s exit from the workforce.
The latter was speculated to do the Alpine FP1 working this 12 months, however that naturally grew to become unrealistic after his transfer to McLaren was confirmed.
Esteban Ocon will vacate his automotive for Mexico to permit Doohan to take over in FP1.
“I’m extraordinarily grateful to Alpine for giving me this chance to drive in Free Apply in Mexico,” mentioned Doohan.
“It’s at all times an enormous honour to be entrusted to drive a Method 1 automotive, so to have the chance on a Grand Prix weekend may be very particular.
“Finally, the purpose is to be doing this each week and this expertise is one other step nearer to attaining that aim. I’ve ready as finest as I can, and I feel it’s going to be very thrilling to expertise the automotive at this kind of circuit with the excessive altitude and really excessive prime pace.
“I’ll work arduous on the day, do all the things the workforce units out and, on the identical time, benefit from the second as I do know it’s going to be a novel alternative.”
Jack Doohan, Virtuosi Racing
Photograph by: Method Motorsport Ltd
Doohan has been getting ready for his run with outings in Alpine’s 2021 automotive, together with one in Budapest final month on the identical session that Nyck de Vries and Antonio Giovinazzi drove the automotive. He additionally gained some transient expertise of the present automotive in a filming day at Monza.
Doohan is very regarded inside the Alpine camp, and he was thought to be a doable Plan B ought to the workforce have did not safe the providers of Pierre Gasly for 2023.
He put himself within the body with a powerful rookie F2 season, having received the sprints at Silverstone and Hungary, and the characteristic race at Spa. He’s presently fourth within the factors standings.
With Gasly and Ocon each now safe on the Enstone camp it stays to be seen what Doohan’s choices are for subsequent 12 months and past.
Another groups have but to substantiate who will fill their ultimate FP1 slots, with each Pink Bull Racing and AlphaTauri nonetheless having to do one session.
Liam Lawson is the candidate for each seats, assuming that De Vries will not be an possibility in Abu Dhabi as a result of his ongoing Mercedes commitments. The Dutchman nonetheless has to do yet another session within the W13 in Mexico.
Different FP1 outings nonetheless to come back embody Pietro Fittipaldi (Haas, Mexico and Abu Dhabi), Pato O’Ward (McLaren, Abu Dhabi), Felipe Drugovich (Aston Martin, Abu Dhabi), Robert Shwartzman (Ferrari, Abu Dhabi) and Logan Sargeant (Williams, Mexico and Abu Dhabi).
Most of the drivers who’ve performed FP1 periods this 12 months may also be concerned within the rookie testing that takes place in Abu Dhabi after the race weekend, and which additionally types a part of Pirelli’s preparations for 2023. It is understood that De Vries can be free by then to drive for AlphaTauri.