Alpine academy driver Jack Doohan will make his Formula 1 weekend debut this weekend, driving the free practice session in Mexico.
The Australian driver will also drive the car in Abu Dhabi, fulfilling the two rookie practice outings that teams are obliged to hand out in 2022.
He will replace Esteban Ocon for the session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez, before Fernando Alonso steps aside in Abu Dhabi.
Doohan is currently competing full-time in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, and has taken three race wins so far this year.
The 19-year-old, who is the son of motorcycle racing legend Mick Doohan, currently sits fourth in the Drivers’ Championship.
“I’m extremely grateful to Alpine for giving me this opportunity to drive in Free Practice in Mexico,” Doohan said.
“It’s always a huge honour to be entrusted to drive a Formula 1 car, so to have the opportunity on a Grand Prix weekend is very special.
“Ultimately, the aim is to be doing this every week and this experience is another step closer to achieving that goal. I’ve prepared as best as I can, and I think it’s going to be very exciting to experience the car at this type of circuit with the high altitude and very high top speed.
“I’ll work hard on the day, do everything the team sets out and, at the same time, enjoy the moment as I know it’s going to be a unique opportunity.”
For some time, Oscar Piastri was expected to have the outings in the Alpine car – however he will part ways with the team at the end of the year to join McLaren.
Doohan joined Alpine’s academy earlier this year having previously been associated with the Red Bull junior programme.
“We are very pleased to announce Jack will join the team in Mexico and take over driving duties for Free Practice 1,” said Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer.
“We have all been impressed with Jack’s progression across many areas this season and he’s deserving of this chance as we continue to nurture his high potential.
“It’s important to give our young drivers opportunities to test Formula 1 cars and our Academy programme has proven to be successful in doing just that.
“We expect Jack to work hard during the session and take as much as he can from the experience of being involved in a Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend.”