The Australian driver has enjoyed strong Qualifying performances this year, taking half of all pole positions so far this season, but struggled to convert that form into points until this weekend.
After his breakthrough podium, the Virtuosi Racing driver explained his mix of emotions during the post-Feature Race press conference:
“I’m a bit disappointed, but I’m glad to finally get some points on the board and start my campaign. We’ve had good one-lap pace since Abu Dhabi last year, so we’ve always been starting at the right end of the field so it’s good to finally get a consistent and good race.”
The Alpine junior driver had a good start, and held the lead for most of the race. After the pit stops, Doohan had better pace than the rest of the field, except for Drugovich, who eventually took the lead:
“All of a sudden I saw Felipe in the mirrors and I was hoping that he was pushing hard. If e was to come by I wasn’t going to fight so hopefully with 12 laps to go I could come back at him, but we just didn’t have an answer for MP today.”
Doohan was hopeful when looking forward to he and the team can achieve during the rest of the season if his form continues:
“Hopefully this is a start to my bid for the title, that’s how we have to be thinking. I’m definitely not looking for another season in Formula 2.
“I have a really good team underneath me and they’ve got so much knowledge and we’re working well, and I’m really happy to put some points on the board for them too because they haven’t deserved to be where they have this year.”
Vrituosi Racing move up to tenth position in the Teams’ Championship after coming into the weekend as the lowest team in the standings.
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