Jack Doohan is working to gain experience with the Alpine F1 team ahead of his expected promotion to reserve driver position currently held by Oscar Piastri.
Oscar Piastri has left the Alpine F1 team after a contract dispute and will join McLaren on his F1 debut in 2023.
Both Oscar Piastri and Jack Doohan are members of the Alpine Academy, with Doohan being the second member of the Academy after Piastri.
F1 teams are very sensitive and limit the information outgoing staff can access. Daniel Ricciardo admits the process has already started at McLaren.
It is therefore logical to expect the same to happen to Oscar Piastri at the Alpine F1 team.
Jack Doohan is well placed to take on some of the responsibilities that the Alpine F1 team does not want to offer Oscar Piastri.
During the recent Grand Prix, Jack Doohan turned up in the garage of the Alpine F1 team during a session.
Asked by Speedcafe.com about his current role, Jack Doohan replied, “Honestly, I’m just trying to learn as much as I can.”
“It’s a good opportunity to take advantage and be able to sit down and read and analyze the data from both cars throughout the session and listen to their reports and analysis.”
“When we have an opportunity like this, we will use whatever is available to help us in F2.”
Jack Doohan is one of Esteban Ocon’s Alpine F1 Team mate options for a vacant seat in the 2023 season.
But more likely, Pierre Gasly will join Aston Martin to replace Fernando Alonso.
It depends on whether Red Bull releases Pierre Gasly, who is under contract and stationed at Scuderia AlphaTauri until the end of 2023.
Red Bull F1 motorsport adviser Helmut Marko is in talks with Nick de Vries over signing Gasly’s current AlphaTauri F1 seat for the 2023 season.
Initially he was targeting Colton Herta but those plans were scrapped after he was unable to secure an F1 super licence.
If Yuki Tsunoda and Nick de Vries can join as teammates, Pierre Guthrie can transfer to the Alpine F1 team as originally planned.
In that case, Jack Doohan could be promoted to Formula 2 for at least one more season and a reserve driver role for the Alpine F1 team.
In fact, it should happen before the end of this season, but it hasn’t been officially discussed yet.
“Of course Oscar is still under contract with Alpine this season and is Alpine’s reserve driver,” said Jack Doohan.
“Before they think anything is offered to Billion, they need to figure out what’s going on with him and what’s best for them going forward.”
“Honestly, I can’t say much more.”
“I would love to talk more about it, but for now let me focus on F2 and let the results speak for themselves.”
“Hopefully we can see what we can do in the free time before Abu Dhabi, but at the moment I can’t say more.”
Jack Doohan, fourth in the standings for his first full-time season in F2, already has three wins in 2022.
Felipe Dolgovic has already secured the F2 championship for 2022. The Brazilian is under contract as a reserve driver for the Aston Martin F1 team.