Australian young gun Jack Doohan has claimed his first feature race win in Formula 2, edging closer to a future F1 seat.
The 19-year-old son of five-time MotoGP champion Mick won the Belgian Grand Prix from championship leader Felipe Drugovic and New Zealand Red Bull junior Liam Lawson.
It was his third win of the season but two were in the sprint races at Silverstone and the Hangaroring grid flip.
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After finishing fourth, a good start saw Doohan move up to second on the opening lap. Drogovic then cut him down with a first strike before defending to get the checkered flag.
“Obviously, Felipe had a very good pace and we were able to get close, but we weren’t really fighting,” he said after the race.
We were both extending the time and as you can tell, our pace was very similar. They said that the overcut could be stronger, but I decided to do the opposite and box it.
“I knew I had a good tire heat on the way to the grid, I pushed hard – I didn’t expect it to be so much but it was.”
Doohan is associated with the Alpine Academy, as is compatriot Oscar Piastre, who won the Formula 2 title as a rookie last year. Piastre has attempted a move to McLaren, where he will replace Daniel Ricciardo, while Alpine is trying to keep him under contract.
Dowhan doesn’t need to make the leap to F1 – he hasn’t had Piastri’s level of results, and even Piastri has had to wait on the sidelines for a top-level opportunity – his continued development will keep him going. in the frame.
Alpine currently only has one driver, Esteban Ocon, and if they can’t keep Piastri, they could opt for a short-term replacement for Fernando Alonso before looking for a younger option like Doohan in 2024 or so.
Dowhan now sits fourth behind Dragovic, Theo Purcher – linked with Alfa Romeo – and American Williams seat rival Logan Sargent. It came to the ninth weekend.