Formula 1 News, Thoughts on Jack Doohan racing in the World Endurance Championship next season with Alpine’s Hypercar machinery instead of a 3rd season in Formula 2

by Sports Benches

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Well, Jack Doohan may not have the best start, but he has still managed to make up lost time where he sits fourth right now in the Formula 2 drivers points with one round (two races) left in Abu Dhabi at the end of November. The good news is that he will be staying with Alpine for another year as their reserve driver, so we will get to see Jack race these F1 cars on a couple of occasions as required during practice sessions. We’ll have to wait and see if he can replace at least replace either Frenchmen of Pierre Gasly or Esteban Ocon in either 2025 or realistically 2026.

The bad news is that he may not be racing Formula 2 again for one more year at Virtuosi Racing in 2024, even though he might be allowed one more season before the maximum limit for a driver to race in this 2nd Tier series of 3 years unless you win the Drivers’ Championship. Although he could racing in the World Endurance Championship instead also within the Alpine umbrella for new their Hypercar programme which is the top class. It sounds like he’s following the path of Mark Webber, who came through the junior open-wheel ranks before he did 1-2 years of Endurance Racing; then he had a decorated decade of racing Formula 1s & rounded off his driving days back in Enduros with Porsche between 2014-2016.

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Whatever path that might be for the young 20-year-old, if he chooses WEC with Alpine, let’s hope he can not only win the 24 Hours of Le Mans but also stop Ferrari & Toyota in its tracks with the series championship too. Yes, he has been a proven race winner several times before and have not won any championships so far despite being so close.

However, he needs to continue racing with the proof of taking home good regular results so Alpine can hopefully promise him a Formula 1 ride someday. They haven’t had their own in-house driver into the main squad from the lower levels before that reflects their driver development pathway following the fracas of fellow Aussie & former Alpine academy member Oscar Piastri where he ended up at McLaren instead in 2023.

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