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Doohan still dreaming of F3 title glory

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He knows it will require a number of situations to fall his way but Australian racer Jack Doohan says he'll be doing all he can to win the Formula 3 title this weekend.

Doohan heads into the season-finale at Sochi, Russia, needing to overhaul a 43-point margin between himself and championship leader Dennis Hauger.

To do that Doohan needs a near-perfect weekend while also hoping Hauger has an absolute shocker.

The son of motorcycle legend Mick Doohan would essentially have to replicate his 44-point round at Spa where he took pole and two race wins to have any chance of overhauling the Norwegian.

"To win the title, I need pole, and I need to win Races 2 and 3, with the fastest laps," Doohan said.

"If I am settling for second now, then I may as well not race this weekend.

"I think that it's very much achievable. We did that in Spa, bar the fastest laps, so I'm aiming for four more points.

"I don't think there's much pressure on myself. I'm in a bit of a bubble of my own in second.

"Dennis has got the pressure of the championship.

"It's a bit of a reach, but it's not 100 per cent over."

The F3 finale at the 5.8km Sochi circuit features two 20-lap races on Saturday before a final 20-lap race on Sunday.

Also competing in Russia this weekend is last year's F3 champion, Melbourne-product Oscar Piastri.

The 20-year-old heads to Sochi as the leader of the Formula 2 championship after his last-start win at Monza.

In a boost to his preparations for the sixth round of the F2 title race, Piastri was highlighted by Alpine F1 boss Laurent Rossi in an instagram post as the "future generations of champions" in Formula One.

The post is viewed by many as a pointer to an imminent announcement of Piastri as a driver for the F1 team in 2022.

"I haven't been to Sochi before, so I've had to put in a lot of preparation work since Monza with the team at the Prema race shop in Vicenza, Italy," said Piastri, who holds a 15-point lead in the F2 standings.

"Mick Schumacher won for the team in Russia last year, so the information to prepare with has been strong and I hope to be competitive quickly."

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