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Alpine Preparing Australian driver to Potentially Replace Driver for F1 Seat in 2025

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Esteban Ocon, the French racing talent, will bid farewell to the Alpine F1 Team at the end of the 2024 season. The decision, announced jointly by Ocon and the team, marks the end of their collaboration.

Alpine Formula 1 is abuzz with anticipation as they consider reserve driver Jack Doohan for a potential race seat in the 2025 season. The 21-year-old Australian talent has been quietly making his case, and his impressive performance has caught the team’s attention.

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Jack Doohan joined Alpine’s development program in early 2022. He has already accumulated five FP1 appearances and participated in post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tests.

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This year, he’s actively involved in the Alpine driver-in-loop simulator program, honing his skills. A test program using a 2022 Alpine A522 began at Zandvoort last month, providing him with valuable experience.

Esteban Ocon to Leave Alpine After Monaco Incident

Alpine Preparing Australian driver to Potentially Replace Driver for F1 Seat in 2025

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Esteban Ocon, the talented French racing driver, is set to bid farewell to the Alpine Formula 1 team at the end of the 2024 season. The decision comes in the wake of a dramatic collision with his teammate, Pierre Gasly, during the Monaco Grand Prix. In this article, we delve into the details of Ocon’s departure, the reasons behind it, and what lies ahead for both the driver and the team.

On the opening lap of the Monaco Grand Prix, Ocon attempted a bold move on Gasly, resulting in a collision that left both cars damaged. Ocon received a 10-second time penalty from the stewards, who deemed him “wholly to blame” for the incident. Gasly, while frustrated, managed to salvage a point, but the clash had significant consequences for Ocon.

Contrary to speculation, Ocon denies that his exit from Alpine is a punishment for the Monaco clash. He emphasizes that decisions within a team like Alpine are not based solely on isolated incidents. Ocon and Alpine had been discussing their future for several months, and the Monaco collision was just one factor in the equation. The 27-year-old driver expressed pride in his achievements with the team but acknowledged that it’s time for new challenges.

Team principal Bruno Famin was critical of the Monte Carlo clash, but Ocon maintains that they won’t dwell on it forever. Alpine’s focus now shifts to the future, as they prepare for life without Ocon. The team will need to regroup and strategize to ensure a smooth transition.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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