Bruno Famin: “Jack Doohan is an option for 2025”

WhileAlpine still looking for a replacement for Esteban Ocon for next year, Bruno Famin announced that Jack Doohan was indeed a possibility to succeed the Frenchman.

Published on 18/06/2024 à 15:04

Yannis Duval

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Bruno Famin: “Jack Doohan is an option for 2025”

Will Bruno Famin choose Jack Doohan? ©DPPI

Was it Alpine tried Jack Doohan? After the announcement of the non-extension ofEsteban Ocon among the Blues, the result of a “common agreement”, Bruno Famin, the main team of the team, will have to find a replacement. However, the current market does not offer the best possibilities. The Frenchman's successor could be found in Valtteri Bottas ou Guanyu but the latter offer few sporting guarantees given their performances over the last three years. Yuki tsunoda, would have, for a time, been able to enter into the discussion but the Japanese ultimately extended his lease with Racing Bulls.

With a transfer market where opportunities are reduced over the weeks and with different extensions, Alpine could well choose to focus on youth, the pure products of its own academy.

This is what Bruno Famin suggested, at the dawn of the Spanish Grand Prix: “Jack (Doohan) is an option (For Alpine, Editor’s note), Of course. We prepare it. He has a pretty busy testing schedule and we're happy with it. Let's see how it evolves. It's one possibility among others, but it's a possibility, for sure. »

On the other hand, the French engineer did not specify whether Jack Doohan was for the moment the favorite to take the seat left vacant by Esteban Ocon. “There’s no… No, I won’t comment, I won’t answer that question. But, nice try (Laughs)! »

Doohan is ready

As for the Australian pilot, the time has come for seduction and the use of the art of words. He recently said, being on the grid in 2025 is a goal, and he feels ready to take on this new challenge.

“It's difficult to say anything with certainty in Formula 1, explained the person concerned. My dream is to be on the grid, my dream is to be in Formula 1. I'm here with the team as a reserve driver and I'm preparing to be in the car.

I really drove the 2021 car a lot (A521, Editor’s note), and two days in that of 2022 (A522, Editor’s note), remembers the 21-year-old pilot. When you are in F2, before arriving in Free Practice, you are nervous, there is a lot of emotion, whereas arriving today, I feel very good, there is no fear, there is no nothing to take me out of my comfort zone. »

For now, the clan Alpine seems to be procrastinating, waiting to know if an opportunity will emerge on the pilot market. And if this never happens, Jack Doohan, son of Michael Doohan, five-time world motorcycle champion, could well make his debut in the big leagues. Both in place of Esteban Ocon… as well as Pierre Gasly because the latter is also at the end of his contract even if the trend is towards extension for the former member of the fold Red Bull. In the meantime, the Australian lets the leaders of A fléché act, who will also soon welcome Flavio Briatore as special advisor in addition to being the agent of a certain… Jack Doohan.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

18/06/2024 at 04:53 a.m.

Flavio Il Magnifico special advisor appointed by LDM and agent of Jack Doohan... who doesn't know Flavio's power of persuasion?

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