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F1 Fast Five: Alpine confirms possible replacement for Ocon, McLaren makes Le Mans comeback after 26 years, and other big updates

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Alpine confirms possible replacement for Ocon, McLaren makes Le Mans comeback after 26 years, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

Alpine confirms possible replacement for Ocon, McLaren makes Le Mans comeback after 26 years, and other big updates
  • Alpine confirms possible replacement for Ocon
  • McLaren makes Le Mans comeback after 26 years
  • Should F1 implement a football-style transfer window for drivers?
  • Next generation F1 mechanics
  • Ball in a cup

Alpine confirms possible replacement for Ocon

Jack Doohan is being considered as a replacement for Esteban Ocon at Alpine, who will leave the team after the season. Doohan, the son of motorbike champion Mike Doohan, has a three-year affiliation with Alpine and recently participated in FP1 in Canada. Despite poor weather preventing him from setting a timed lap, he will get another FP1 opportunity later this year. Team boss Bruno Famin confirmed Doohan is a strong candidate, with Doohan himself expressing confidence and readiness for a full-time F1 drive.

Click here to read the full article by Ian Parkes (racingnews365.com)

McLaren makes Le Mans comeback after 26 years

McLaren is gearing up for a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans after a 26-year absence. The team will field three McLaren 720S LMGT3s across two teams, United Autosports and Inception Racing. 

Click here to read the full article at f1i.com

Should F1 implement a football-style transfer window for drivers?

Formula 1's distinctiveness is valued by fans, even as efforts are made to appeal to the American audience. A suggestion to introduce a football-inspired transfer market sparked debate among drivers during the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix. However, differences between F1 and football make such comparisons challenging. Ideas like an F1 Draft raise questions about fairness and talent recognition, which prompted F1 to consider the balance between tradition and innovation for its future.

Click here to read the full article by Joe Krishnan (total-motorsport.com)

Next generation F1 mechanics

In Formula One, the focus tends to be heavily on the drivers, leaving little attention to the mechanics who work tirelessly behind the scenes. However, initiatives like Valvoline's Aspiring Mechanics Programme aim to change that. Recently, students from Milton Keynes College had the chance to shine as they presented their final single-seater diagnostics projects to expert judges. Two exceptional winners were selected to join the team at the AMRTC for an immersive experience.

Ball in a cup

It's hard to find any team as lively and spirited as the Ferrari duo. They consistently bring excitement to every occasion beyond the Formula One track. This time, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz take on a new challenge: a head-to-head competition to skillfully land a ping pong ball into the right cup.

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