Jack Doohan is working on building up experience with the Alpine F1 team[F1-Gate.com]

Jack Doohan is working to gain experience within the Alpine F1 team ahead of his expected promotion to the reserve driver role currently occupied by Oscar Piastri.

Oscar Piastri has left the Alpine F1 team after a contract dispute and will join McLaren for his F1 debut in 2023.

Oscar Piastri and Jack Doohan are members of the Alpine Academy, with Doohan being the second member of the Academy after Piastri.

F1 teams are extremely sensitive and limit the information that departing staff can access. Daniel Ricciardo admits the process has already started at McLaren.

So it makes sense to expect the same thing to happen to Oscar Piastri within the Alpine F1 team.

Jack Doohan is well placed to take on some of the responsibilities that the Alpine F1 team are unwilling to offer Oscar Piastri.

At the recent Grand Prix, Jack Doohan appeared in the Alpine F1 team garage during a session.

When asked by Speedcafe.com about his current role, Jack Doohan said, “Honestly, I’m trying to learn as much as I can.”

“It’s a good opportunity to take advantage of and be able to sit there and read and analyze the data from both cars throughout the session and listen to their reports and analyses.”

“When we get an opportunity like this, we will use whatever is available to help us in F2.”

Jack Doohan is one of Esteban Ocon’s team-mates from Alpine F1 Team’s options for a vacant seat in the 2023 season.

But more likely, Pierre Gasly will join Aston Martin to replace Fernando Alonso.

That depends on whether Red Bull releases Pierre Gasly, who is under contract and based at Scuderia AlphaTauri until the end of 2023.

Red Bull F1 motorsport adviser Helmut Marko is in talks with Nick de Vries about signing Gasly’s current AlphaTauri F1 seat for the 2023 season.

It was initially aimed at Colton Herta, but those plans were dropped after he failed to secure an F1 Super Licence.

If Yuki Tsunoda and Nick de Vries can join as teammates, Pierre Guthrie can transfer to the Alpine F1 team as originally planned.

In that case, Jack Doohan could be promoted to Formula 2 for at least one more season and a reserve driver role for the Alpine F1 team.

Indeed, it is likely to happen before the end of this season, but it has not been officially discussed yet.

“Of course Oscar is still under contract with Alpine this season and is Alpine’s reserve driver,” said Jack Doohan.

“Before they think Billion is being offered anything, they need to sort out what’s going on with him and what’s best for them going forward.”

“Honestly, there’s not much more I can say.”

“I’d love to talk more, but for now let me focus on F2 and let the results speak for themselves.”

“Hopefully we can see what we can do in the free time before Abu Dhabi, but at the moment I can’t say more than that.”

Jack Doohan, fourth in the standings in his first full-time season in F2, has already had three wins in 2022.

Felipe Dolgovic has already secured the championship in F2 for 2022. The Brazilian is under contract as a reserve driver for the Aston Martin F1 team.

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