Jack Doohan signs with the Alpine Academy for 2022 on the back of a stunning FIA Formula 3 campaign, where he finished runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship.
After several years impressing in karting in his native Australia, Jack made the switch to single seaters in 2018 in the British F4 Championship. He took three wins and 12 podiums en-route to fifth in the championship and the first-placed rookie.
Campaigns in the Italian F4 Championship and the ADAC F4 Championship yielded valuable experience for the young Australian. Two consecutive second places in the Asian F3 championships prepared Jack for the move to Formula 3 with HWA Racelab in 2020.
A swap to Trident Racing the season after produced incredible results with Jack claiming four wins and seven podiums, which propelled him to second in the championship. He joined MP Motorsport for the final two rounds of the 2021 Formula 2 Championship, qualifying a stunning second in Abu Dhabi. Jack signs with Virtuosi Racing for his first full FIA Formula 2 Championship season in 2022.
How exciting is it to be joining the Alpine Academy?
“I’m super excited to be joining the Alpine Academy this year. I’ve been working behind the scenes with the team since the start of the year and I’ve been gelling with everyone really well so far. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone more and settle into being an Academy member. The facilities are awesome, and the door is always open for chats and advice. I’m keen to stick in, work hard and start the 2022 on-track campaign."
What are the main benefits of being on the Academy?
“There’s a clear structure in place here and I’m happy about that going forward. It’s not just about having the label of being on a young driver programme, but it’s about having all the tools to become a better driver like opportunities to sit in the race control room, attending Formula 1 tests and just generally being in the mix of the Formula 1 team on a regular basis. I’m excited to feed off all the information, go forwards as much as possible and put myself in the eye so we’re not just new faces when the time to step up comes.”
What are your targets for Formula 2 this year, driving for Virtuosi?
“I’m not setting any definitive targets at the moment. Driving with Virtuosi, I know we have a good shot at contending for the title. We both definitely want to achieve that together. They are a strong team and have shown they are capable of doing great things having proved it over the last couple of years. I enjoyed racing in the final two Formula 2 rounds last year and also the post-season test, which went well. I’m looking forward to starting the year as strongly as possible in Bahrain. We’ll take it race by race, it’s a long championship with 14 rounds and being consistent will be the aim.”
Are there any races that standout for you this year?
“It’s a long calendar and it’s great to be supporting Formula 1 at so many events. If I was to pick a few out, I’d say the street circuits. I loved racing in Jeddah last year, that was sick. It’s high-speed, walls all around you and it doesn’t get much better than that. Baku and Monaco will also be cool. Monaco will kind of be a home race for me, which will be fun. In terms of old-school circuits, Imola and Spa really standout. They are great places to race cars.”
How is winter training progressing for you?
“Winter training is going well but having spent the last month or two back home in Australia, it’s been more like summer training for me! I’m back in Europe now and working hard with the Academy at Enstone and also in Tenerife on a training camp. I’m just excited to get behind the wheel again!”