Theo Pourchaire is taken into account one of many rising stars on the highway to F1 and tipped to achieve the top of motorsport sooner or later – however the Sauber Junior driver wasn’t thought-about for the Alfa Romeo seat in 2022. Workforce Principal Frederic Vasseur defined precisely why.
This season will probably be Chinese language driver Zhou Guanyu’s first in F1 whereas Valtteri Bottas joins him from Mercedes – and with simply 20 seats on supply, it’s inevitable that some drivers will miss out. Pourchaire, who turned the youngest-ever F2 winner in 2021 and completed fifth general within the standings, was a kind of drivers.
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After the announcement that Zhou would be part of Alfa Romeo this season, Vasseur defined why Pourchaire wasn’t thought-about.
“He gained this season in Monaco however… the automotive is so complicated and we have now simply six check days earlier than the season – it implies that it will have been, from my standpoint, too dangerous, too difficult to do the step now. It’s a lot better to be targeted on the championship in F2 [in 2022] and we’ll see the longer term.
“He did a implausible [debut] season in F2… however we have now additionally to remember the fact that 18 months in the past he was in F4 [and] that the step between F4 and F3 was enormous,” added the workforce boss.
Pourchaire, 18, will nonetheless have a higher function in Alfa Romeo’s 2022 season, with FP1 classes and check days on the horizon alongside his second F2 marketing campaign. The Frenchman made his Alfa Romeo F1 check debut in August 2021.
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Vasseur defined: “Theo will for certain do some FP1. We are going to do some check days that we’ll attempt to put together him for the longer term. However once more, when you’re doing the championship in F2, an important factor is to win the championship and to not put together the longer term or one thing like this, and I’ll ask him to be champion in F2.”
Alfa Romeo completed behind Williams in 2021 and intention to interrupt into the midfield or past this season. Pourchaire, in the meantime, will proceed to compete with ART within the 2022 System 2 Championship.