Two Formula 1® drivers will taste a Supercar for the first time at Albert Park on Thursday as the buildup to the Formula 1® Heineken® Australian Grand Prix 2022 continues.
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez will both taste a V8-powered sedan. Alonso will try out the Tickford Racing Ford Mustang raced by Thomas Randle, thanks to the car’s backing by Castrol backing, the oil sponsor of Alonso’s BWT Alpine F1® team.
Mexican Perez will jump into the Red Bull Holden Commodore that is at the circuit for the MSS Speed Comparison, in which it will be driven by just-retired Supercars ace Jamie Whincup.
Alonso has been keen to try out an Aussie V8 for some time. When he raced for the Arrow McLaren team at Indianapolis in 2020 he encouraged the team’s co-owner Zak Brown to allow him to drive one of his Supercars. The American team owner’s collection includes a Bathurst-winning Holden Racing Team Commodore, among others.
World champion Jenson Button also drove a Triple 8 Holden in 2011, in a promotion at Bathurst, during which his opposite number, Craig Lowndes, cut some laps in Button’s Mercedes-Benz-powered McLaren.