Jack Doohan gets his first FP1 outing in F1 Canadian GP amid discussions about a seat at Alpine for the 2025 season.

BWT Alpine F1 Team heads to Montréal for Round 9 of the 2024 FIA Formula 1 World
Championship, the Canadian Grand Prix. Montreal is a place we love coming back to every year, because of the very special atmosphere here. It is an interesting track with some tricky corner combinations and tight walls in places.

Being a temporary circuit, the track is typically quite ‘green’ in the first session on Friday. But as it has been completely resurfaced for this year, the grip and general conditions will be important to assess early in the weekend. With overtaking opportunities, it usually provides some good racing. The weather can also be very mixed in Montréal as we have seen in previous years, so we must be ready for all eventualities.

In Canada, we have decided to use the first mandatory young driver Free Practice 1, with Jack Doohan in the car in place of Esteban, giving him the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the A524. With Jack’s great work in the simulator in recent races, we can count on his valuable feedback in Montréal.

As such Reserve Driver Jack Doohan will take over driving duties in the A524 for Free Practice 1 at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix. As noted, the 21-year-old Australian will drive Esteban Ocon’s A524 at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for Friday’s FP1 session. Jack has previously participated in four F1 rookie Free Practice sessions, driving the A522 and the A523 at the Mexico City Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2022 and 2023.

“Really excited to get out on track in Montréal for FP1,” said Doohan. “It will be my first time driving at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, which I am looking forward to. I am grateful to the  team for the opportunity to get more track time, and also familiarise myself with 2024 machinery early in the season.

“This will also help with the work I am doing in the simulator, particularly at the European rounds. My focus will be on doing the best for the team and maximising the session for both drivers, looking at certain test items and understanding the new track surface.

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[Note: The story is as per press release]