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F1 | Doohan: Alpine F1 discussions are "motivation to work hard" in F2

Jack Doohan is adamant that rumours over his future provide motivation rather than add pressure.

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F1 | Doohan: Alpine F1 discussions are "motivation to work hard" in F2
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Jack Doohan is adamant that discussions around his future have proved to be motivation and not piled on the pressure for the F2 race winner.

The Australian is a candidate for the Alpine Formula 1 seat to partner Esteban Ocon after double world champion Fernando Alonso departed for Aston Martin.

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi said the French team’s priority was to secure a driver who would hit the ground running and score points straight away.

Rossi said that Doohan was a potential driver for the team and “certainly has a very good sense of timing, because he's performing immensely at the moment.”

The 19-year-old has driven to three victories so far this season in the Feature Race at Spa plus a duo of Sprint Race wins at Silverstone and the Hungaroring. 

Doohan currently sits fourth in the standings and would still qualifying for a super license if he drops to fifth in the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking to Autosport during the penultimate F2 round of the season at Monza, Doohan said the discussions are “motivation to work hard” in the closing stages of his F2 campaign with Virtuosi but said he was “not really under any pressure”.

He said: “To be honest, I’m happy with it, because there’s obviously talk and obviously I want to do well, for sure.

“I know it’s there, so for me it’s motivation to work hard. Not that I wasn’t working hard, but to almost know I need to show my maturity, I need to show my head and I need to show that I’m capable of putting myself together.

“If it’s not P1, it’s taking P4 with a car that can take P4, and I’m not really under any pressure so I can just enjoy what I’m doing, and I love this.

“So being able to extract my potential and really enjoy this moment and this time.”

Doohan drove a Formula 1 car for the first time in Qatar in May driving last years Alpine A521. 

The Virtuosi Racing driver will drive alongside Antonio Giovinazzi and 2019 FIA F2 champion Nyck De Vries, who are being evaluated for the drive.

Despite the noise around his future, Doohan said he was “trying not to get too involved” in the discussions.

Doohan added: “Obviously it’s a good time to perform, but all the times are a good time to perform, regardless of what’s going on.

“There’s obviously a lot going on and I’m trying not to get too involved to be honest, I’m trying to stay focused on what I can control and that’s my car, my team and outside of that is to be honest not a worry at the moment.

“I’m just going to try and put in good results, good performances and show what we can do.

“At the end of the day, at the end of the year, we’ll see what happens, but I’m loving Formula 2 at the moment.”

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