Jack Duhan will taste the Formula 1 car for the first time when tests for Alpine in Qatar will take place on Sunday.
Alpine is conducting an extensive testing program for reserve driver Oscar Piastro on his 2021 car, giving last year’s Formula 2 champion as much time in the seat as possible during the year if he is not racing. This week he spent two days on the Losail track, and Duhan, who finished second in Formula 3, who joined the young Alpine driver’s academy in the winter, will get his turn this weekend.
“I am very happy to drive a Formula One car for the first time,” said Dunan, the son of five-time 500cc world champion Mick. “This is the point I’ve been working on since I started racing on the cards, and I know these opportunities are extremely privileged. I am very grateful to Alpine for this opportunity and I look forward to laying it out with all my might on the day of testing.
“I’ve watched some private tests behind the scenes before and I’ve completed a lot of training in the cycle simulator at Anstone, so I definitely feel ready for this challenge. I will build myself that day, enjoy it at the same time and hopefully learn as much as possible with the team. ”
Piedra’s testing this week came after he was in reserve in Miami and also conducted a test in Austin before the previous race in Imola. It is planned that he will return to the car in Austria after the upcoming two Formula 1 matches in Spain and Monaco.
“It was a productive two days of testing in Qatar, where I continued to work with the Formula 1 A521 car,” Piastry said. “Both days were very hot, but it’s good for fitness.
“Tress has mostly not been used lately, so there were different levels of traction, and the conditions were quite dusty and windy. Sometimes it was difficult, but for me it was important to learn to drive in different environments. I look forward to rejoining the Formula One team in Barcelona and Monaco before the next day of personal testing in June. ”