Jack Doohan

Jack Doohan opens his F3 Asian Campaign

#1 Jack Doohan (AUS – Hitech Grand Prix)

Australian 16-year-old Jack Doohan has had time to acclimatise himself to the sweltering heat of Sepang in Malaysia as the Red Bull Junior has been testing his Hitech Grand Prix car this week for the opening round of the F3 Asian Championship this coming weekend.

"Yes I got myself acclimatised this week. We tested on Tuesday and I already knew the car and the track from the event I did in the winter series here and we had a couple of days of testing before that," explained Doohan who scored two second places in his winter series debut at the end of February.

Heat and humidity

"The way the heat and humidity changes here certainly effects the performance, it effects both engine and tyres. We are using the full F1 lap, it's a long lap with a bit of everything, a lot of fast sections as well as stop and go so its around a two minute lap and it can be a couple of seconds different depending on the conditions."

"I'm enjoying it. The car is quite different to the Euroformula car I have been testing, it's heavier and you've got to be smooth and precise with it, you can't just haul it around anyway you like, it doesn't have the lateral grip."

Ready to go

"We've still got a test day Thursday then into practice and qualifying on Friday so I'm working on getting the best compromise on set-up so that I can get the best out of the tyres for a couple of laps in qualifying as well as finding a good race trim," concluded Doohan.

Sepang weekend schedule – all times (MYT) Malaysia Time (CEST +6)
Friday 5th April
10:45 - Free practice (30 minutes)
17:30 - Qualifying 1 (15 minutes)
17:50 - Qualifying 2 (15 minutes)

Saturday 6th April
10:00 - Race 1 (30 minutes plus 1 lap)
14:20 - Race 2 (30 minutes plus 1 lap)

Sunday 7th April
13:50 - Race 3 (30 minutes plus 1 lap)