Alpine have announced that Victor Martins will get first taste of Formula 1 machinery next week, when the ART Grand Prix driver gets behind the wheel of the race winning A521 car at Monza.
Martins re-joined the Alpine Academy in 2021 off the back of his Formula Renault Eurocup title win, continuing with them through his Formula 3 Championship winning season last year and his promotion to Formula 2 this season.
Priming himself for the opportunity, Martins says he's been hard at work in the simulator in preparation to get lots of mileage on the board around the iconic circuit.
“I am super excited to get my first taste in a Formula 1 car in Monza on Monday. It will be the first time I will work closely with the Alpine team at a track and to be able to have my first opportunity in an F1 car with them is pretty special. I aim to get a lot of track time and enjoy it all.
"I am really grateful to get this first chance thanks to Alpine and all the team. I have had my seat fit and we have completed some simulator work for it, which is all very exciting. Now I am just looking forward to getting out on track and maximise the opportunity to learn as much as possible.”
The Frenchman won't be the only Alpine Academy junior in action across the two-day test. Martins will be running on Monday 8 May, before handing over the reigns to Invicta Virtuosi Racing's and Alpine Reserve Driver Jack Doohan for the Tuesday.
Julian Rouse, Alpine Academy Director added: “We are looking forward to having Victor test in the A521 in Monza and giving him his first run in a Formula 1 car. He has spent time in Enstone preparing for his test, running in the simulator, and having his seat fit. During his time in the Alpine Academy he has had some fantastic achievements, one of which being the current FIA Formula 3 Champion.
"Now he has progressed to Formula 2 and showing huge potential there it is definitely the right moment to see him test in an F1 car. We are pleased as an Academy to continue to support Victor in his development and extend opportunities when they arise.”