More track time for Piastri, Doohan to join him in Qatar

Jamie Woodhouse
Oscar Piastri, Alpine, smiles. United States, May 2022.

Oscar Piastri will be joined by fellow Alpine junior Jack Doohan on the third and final day of the private test in Qatar.

Piastri, Alpine’s reserve driver, has kicked-off the testing programme at the Losail International Circuit, getting behind the wheel of the A521, Alpine’s 2021 challenger, on Wednesday and Thursday.

This is the second of Piastri’s tests, the first having taken place in Austin back in April, while the third one will take place in Austria, that coming after the Spain and Monaco rounds where Piastri will be on duty with the Alpine team.

Before any of that though, one day remains of Piastri’s Qatar test, during which he will be joined by Alpine-backed Formula 2 driver Doohan, with the Aussie pair set to be in action on Sunday.

In an Alpine statement, Piastri said: “It’s been a productive two days of testing in Qatar where I’ve continued getting to grips with the A521 Formula 1 car.

“It was very hot across both days but that’s good for physical preparation. The track has largely been unused recently, so there were varying levels of grip and the conditions were quite dusty and windy throughout. It was a challenge at times, but important for me to learn about driving in different conditions.

“I’m looking forward to joining the F1 Team again in Barcelona and Monaco before my next private test day in June.”

Doohan, who will get his first taste of Formula 1 machinery at the Qatar test, added: “I’m super excited to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time.

“This is a moment that I’ve been building up to ever since I started racing karts, and I know these opportunities are extremely privileged. I’m very grateful to Alpine for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to giving it my best on the test day.

“I’ve watched behind the scenes at some private tests before and I’ve completed a lot of preparation in the loop simulator at Enstone, so I’m definitely feeling ready for this challenge.

“I’ll build myself up on the day, enjoy it at the same time and hopefully learn as much as possible alongside the team.”

 

It is a free weekend for Formula 1 in terms of grand prix action, with the 2022 campaign then resuming with the Spanish Grand Prix, held from May 20-22.

 

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