Formula 1 | Doohan ready to seize F1 opportunity: ‘It would be hard to refuse’

Doohan ready to seize an opportunity (...)

Jack Doohan, who is a member of the Alpine F1 academy and who is currently playing in the Formula 2 championship, says he is ready to start in the premier class if ever an opportunity presents itself to him.

Son of five-time MotoGP world champion Michael Doohan, the 19-year-old driver is currently 9th in the F2 championship for his first full campaign in the antechamber. He won two sprint races this year, at Silverstone and then in Hungary.

The Australian has also already driven an F1 this year in May, since he was driving the 2021 Alpine in Qatar. He will also make another run this year at Monza at the wheel of the A521.

And things could speed up for Doohan: while Oscar Piastri has indeed signed a contract with McLaren F1 to replace Daniel Ricciardo in 2023, Jack could become his natural replacement as reserve driver at Alpine next year.

« I think it would be very difficult to turn down such an opportunity, no matter what. » replied Doohan when asked if he felt ready for the big leap in F1.

« Fortunately, I was lucky enough to be able to gain some experience, » he adds, while admitting that he would have a lot to do if he became a starter next season.

« It certainly helped to have spent some time behind the wheel of an F1 car, however, there would still be a lot to learn, a lot of in-depth study to make sure I was up to the task. . »

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