Jack Doohan

Double podium for Jack Doohan at Yas Marina Asian F3 round

#7 Jack Doohan (AUS – Pinnacle Motorsport Tatuus Alfa Romeo)
Qualifying 1: 3rd – Race 1 Grid: 3rd – Race 1 Result: 3rd (points for 2nd)
Race 2 Grid from Race 1 times: 2nd – Race 2 Result: DNF (technical)
Qualifying 2: 2nd – Race 3 Grid: 2nd – Race 3 Result: 2nd
F3 Asian Championship position: 2nd – 125 points – after 9 of 15 races

Red Bull Junior Jack Doohan continued his determined pursuit of the F3 Asian Championship in Abu Dhabi with third and second places. The 16-year-old Australian was frustrated in Race 2 by a technical failure that put him out and cost serious points.

"The race pace was there, we had that advantage again and but for a couple of issues it should have been a really good weekend. We did manage to improve the qualifying pace as we needed to going into the weekend, it wasn't ideal but P3 and P2 was not a bad way to start."

"Pretty disappointed to lose what should have been 25 points in Race 2, that made a big dent in the total and leaves us with a bit to do."

Right in the fight

"We had a issues with the clutch that upset things and I stalled on the line in Race 1 so didn't get away as well as I should but got into the battle at the front, then had to give up a place for overtaking into second and ended up losing a load of places. I got back into the rhythm and tried to keep my cool, pick them off one by one. I got past my teammate and then the gap to Nikita (Mazepin) was a bit too big, so I just tried to stay in the same position."

First across the line was Ukyo Sasahara but he is not a full time entry and doesn't score points so Doohan got points for second though he crossed the line third.

Should have been

"In Race 2 I got a good start and went around the outside into the lead at Turn 1. There was no race video this weekend and when one of the other teams complained, the stewards said I had to give up the place as my engineer told me over the radio."

"Then we had a Safety Car and after the restart I was managing the tyres and then exiting Turn 7 the car just cut out and it was over. The winner was penalised post race for a jump start so my title opponent was given the win and the 25 points that could have been mine, pretty frustrating."

In the hunt again

"Again I was struggling with the clutch at the start of Race 3, trying not to stall again and managed to get away OK. We didn't have fresh tyres and I had to manage things. As the rears went away later on that helped my rotation but I didn't have the outright pace to win but P2 was OK."

"The tyre situation was weird because some people complained about graining and got new tyres, I didn't even know that was possible. Something they'll have to sort out for the remaining rounds I guess."

"So we are still in the fight for the title, we've got work to do but we've got the speed," concluded the Pinnacle Motorsport driver.