Alpine reserve Jack Doohan: Where has he raced?

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where has jack doohan raced before?
29 May at 21:23
  • Ben Stevens

After Esteban Ocon's collision with Alpine teammate Pierre Gasly in Monaco, team boss Bruno Famin had some harsh words about his driver, saying that there might be some serious consequences. It is rumoured that Ocon could be dropped for the Candian Grand Prix and that Jack Doohan would step into the A5-24. But where has Doohan, the son of Grand Prix motorcycle racing champion Mick, raced before joining Alpine as a reserve? 

Doohan started his single-seater career at 15 in the F4 British Championship as a Red Bull junior, before moving across to the F3 Asian Championship for the 2019 season. He finished as the runner-up in his debut year and in the following winter. His main campaign in 2019 was the Euroformula Open. The Australian finished on the podium twice and was the sixth-highest rookie in the standings. 

In 2020, Doogan progressed into Formula 3, partnering current McLaren FE driver Jake Hughes and Formula 2 driver Enzo Fittipaldi. Doohan's best moment of what he described as a "very very tough" season was qualifying seventh at Silverstone, and topping practice in Spa-Francorchamps. Doohan didn't score any points in his debut season with his best finish being P11. 

2021 saw him turn it around, starting the season with P2 in qualifying at Barcelona and scoring his first points with eighth in the second sprint race. During the feature race, he was able to keep hold of second and take his first podium. He took his first win in France, before coming the first F3 driver to score two victories on the same weekend. 

This led to him replacing Richard Veschoor for the final two rounds of the Formula 2 season with MP Motorsport. He scored points in his second race, before qualifying P2 in Abu Dhabi. 

He was then announced as a full-time F2 driver for the 2022 season for Virtuosi Racing and was also announced as an Alpine Academy Driver at the start of the season, sporting the team's colours on his livery and overalls. He finished his first full season sixth in the driver's standings with 128 points, three wins, three poles, four fastest laps and six total podiums. 

In 2023, he continued with Virtuosi for a second season of Formula 2, where he won three races, five podiums, two pole positions and two fastest laps, finishing the season third overall. 

Has he driven an F1 car before? 

Doohan has driven an F1 car before, getting his first taste of F1 machinery in 2022 in Qatar, driving the A521 in May of the year, and drove the car again at Monza. In September 2022, he tested the same car at the Hungaroring, along with Antonio Giovanazzi and Nyck de Vries. He got his first free practice seasons with Alpine in Mexico and Abu Dhabi, as part of the team's requirement to run a rookie twice in FP1 during the season. 

In 2023, he was announced as Alpine's reserve driver and completed free practice again in Mexico and Abu Dhabi, where he posted the fourth fastest times of all the rookies participating, including Pato O'Ward and Theo Pourchaire. He also took part in the young driver test, setting the seventh fastest time.