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Formula 1 drivers to drive Supercars at Albert Park

Formula 1 stars are set to sample Supercars hardware in a special demonstration at Albert Park later today.

Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 Team, with Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 Team

Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 Team, with Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 Team

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Autosport understands the two drivers are Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez, and will drive a Tickford Mustang and Triple Eight Commodore respectively.

Alonso will drive will jump behind the wheel of Thomas Randle's Castrol-backed Mustang for a handful of demonstration laps.

It will mark his first taste of a Supercar, after a plan to drive Zak Brown's 2011 Bathurst 1000-winning Holden Commodore was scuppered when it ran out of fuel several years ago.

Perez, meanwhile, will drive a Red Bull Ampol Racing car, which will also be his first time in one of the V8-powered touring cars.

Red Bull has used the crossover in sponsorship before, with Max Verstappen taking a passenger ride with Jamie Whincup several years ago.

Daniel Ricciardo also drove T8's Supercars-inspired Sandman at Sandown during his time with Red Bull Racing.

Ricciardo later had a go in a proper Supercar when he drove Rick Kelly's Nissan Altima as part of a Castrol promotion.

Rick Kelly, Kelly Racing Nissan, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team

Rick Kelly, Kelly Racing Nissan, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team

Photo by: Castrol Racing

Ex-Supercars star driving F1 medical car

Former Supercars full-timer Karl Reindler will drive the FIA medical car across the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

Reindler will replace regular medical car driver Bruno Correia, who has a clash with his safety car duties in Formula E this weekend.

He will also join the pool of available drivers and could make future appearances during the 2022 season.

Reindler has a significant CV which includes winning the Australian Formula 3 Championship back in 2004.

He then moved to British F3 where he drove for Alan Docking Racing in 2005 and 2006 as well as making a Macau Grand Prix start in 2005.

He was a podium finisher in Australia's A1GP entry in 2006 before turning his attention to tin top racing back in his native Australia.

That led to Bathurst 1000 starts in 2008 and 2009 before Reindler scored a full-time Supercars seat with Brad Jones Racing in 2010.

He spent two seasons at BJR and one at Kelly Racing before scaling back to co-driver duties until 2017.

Since then Reindler has been closely involved with Motorsport Australia in various driving standards-related roles.

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