Alpine F1 team has appointed Doohan as its official Reserve Driver
During the team’s 2023 season launch event in London on Thursday night, it was announced that 20-year-old Jack Doohan had been promoted to the position of official Reserve Driver for Alpine.
At the launch event, Otmar Szafnauer, the team boss, announced the appointment of the new Reserve Driver for Alpine.
Szafnauer announced that Jack Doohan would be serving as the Reserve Driver for the team in the upcoming 2023 season, stating that Doohan could not be present at the event due to his F2 Championship commitments in Bahrain, where he is currently testing. Szafnauer also conveyed his regards to Australian fans and others, informing them of Doohan’s new role.
Jack Doohan has been associated with the Alpine team for a while now, having been a part of its Academy program, albeit on the fringes.
In the latter part of the previous season, Jack Doohan temporarily assumed the role that was intended for Oscar Piastri, although he did so unofficially.
As a result of his brief promotion, Jack Doohan participated in two Free Practice 1 sessions as well as the post-season test in Abu Dhabi.
During the time when he filled in for Oscar Piastri, Jack Doohan downplayed the significance of being appointed as the Reserve Driver. He believed that his success in Formula 2 was of greater importance than serving as a supporting role to Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, the race drivers of the team.
During an interview with F1Lead.com in November, he expressed that his position as a Reserve Driver doesn’t contribute to his progress or provide any significant advantages.
“The primary focus, which may sound repetitive, is to dedicate all attention to Formula 2.”
“Although I have the option to attend all the Formula 1 races and be present, the chances of me actually getting a drive are extremely low. In fact, I don’t believe that the Alpine team (previously known as Renault) has given a reserve driver a race seat opportunity since 2014 or 2015.”
“Attending Formula 1 races would only distract me from my Formula 2 responsibilities and take away valuable time that I could use to fully concentrate on improving and benefiting from my team. This way, I can maximize my potential and increase my chances of securing a full-time driving position in 2024 or 2025.”
Doohan recently completed a three-day test with Virtuosi, in preparation for his second year in Formula 2.
The Formula 2 season will commence alongside the opening round of Formula 1 at Bahrain from March 2 to March 5.
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