F1 2022: Jack Doohan’s latest nightmare during Monza Grand Prix, F2, Alpine

Jack Doohan’s Formula 2 season has copped yet another crippling blow after being wiped out of the Monza Grand Prix on Sunday.

With three races to go in the season, Doohan remained in the hunt for the Formula 2 title but had his hopes dashed at the Dutch Grand Prix after being sabotaged during a safety car restart.

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On Sunday things went from bad to worse for Doohan only a handful of laps into the Italian Grand Prix.

After securing pole position, Doohan limped off the line during the formation lap but managed to get going and take his place at the start as the lights went out.

But it was the same all over again as Doohan bogged down and was immediately swamped by his rivals, falling from first to eighth by the first corner.

Three cars went flying off the track and into the barriers after the opening two corners which immediately triggered yellow flags.

As the cars made there way into the next set of corners however, Doohan was pinched in between two rivals and was sent flying but managed to crawl his way back into the pits.

“Oh my god mate,” Doohan shouted over the team radio.

Replays showed Doohan heading towards the corner before Prema’s Jehan Daruvala shifted across, forcing Doohan to react swiftly to his right where Logan Sargeant already was.

“Doohan did not get away well and it goes from bad to worse. Sargeant and Doohan scrapping down the barrier and it’s a frantic first lap,” Alex Jacques said in commentary.

A safety car was immediately called as five drivers were eliminated from the 30 lap race on the opening lap. Joining Doohan was Sargeant, Theo Pourchaire, Luca Ghiotto, Ralph Boschung and Olli Caldwell.

The chaos of the race was far from done however. Two laps after the safety car left the track Calan Williams lost control and slammed into the barriers.

The safety car was called for, but shortly after the race was red flagged as marshalls attended to the damaged barrier and cleared the car from the track.

Thankfully once the race got back underway, aside from a few little blips it was smooth sailing as Jehan Daruvala claimed the win after starting sixth on the grid.

The drivers championship was decided on Saturday with Felipe Drugovich’s lead being unassailable with one round remaining.

Doohan has been linked with the vacant Alpine seat for the 2023 Formula 1 seat in the seat vacated by Fernando Alondo and Oscar Piastri.

Formula 1 journalist Will Buston believes the team is wrestling with the idea of throwing the rising Aussie ace who has produced each race weekend in Formula 2 into the drivers seat.

“The Gasly, Herta story seems to be going off the boil with Alpine seemingly no longer confident they’ll get the Frenchman. Incredibly for F1’s 4th best team their options are few and far between for the seat. Doohan is quietly moving into prime position to jump from F2,” Buxton wrote.

“What options do they have? Schumacher appears to not be a consideration. A RIC return looks off the cards. Vandoorne? De Vries? Perhaps on a 1 year deal before Doohan races in 24. Understand team wrestling with answering question of why not 23 if they know they want him for 24.”

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