Doohan to make Formula 2 step for 2022
By Mat Coch
Thursday 30th September, 2021 - 2:33pm
Formula 3 Championship runner-up Jack Doohan is set to graduate to the FIA Formula 2 Championship for 2022.
The Australian has confirmed to Speedcafe.com that he is currently in discussions about stepping up the ladder towards Formula 1 next season.
“Yes, that’s the normal step,” Doohan confirmed when asked if he was set to make the move.
“Luckily for me a year like this, it’s giving me opportunities to be able to hopefully go in to a race-winning car.
“Nothing locked in,” he added, “just kind of seeing what the options are and making sure that we make the right choice.”
Doohan raced with Trident in 2021, having switched from HWA Racelab following a character-building 2020 F3 campaign.
While Trident has a presence in Formula 2, the benchmark operation in recent seasons has been Prema Racing.
The squad fields Oscar Piastri, and last year helped Mick Schumacher to championship success.
Since being reintroduced in 2017, only Prema Racing and ART Grand Prix have won the Formula 2 title.
The two operations were also successful when the competition was run under the GP2 Series banner – Jolyon Palmer (DAMS, 2014) was the last driver to claim the championship in F1’s premier feeder category from outside of one of those operations.
While the Formula 3 season has concluded, two rounds remain for Formula 2, namely in support of F1 at the Saudi Arabian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.
Even still, Doohan hopes to have his future locked away in the near future.
“Everything will be going quickly as people want to get locked in, so I want to be confirmed in the coming weeks at the latest,” he said.
Compatriot Piastri currently leads the Formula 2 Championship for Prema, holding a 36-point advantage over UNI-Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou.