Pourchaire ready for F1 debut with Alfa Romeo
The Formula 2 driver, a member of Alfa Romeo-affiliated Sauber Academy, will join the team for a ride in a 2019 specification C38 at the Hungarian Grand Prix site on Wednesday.
Pourchaire will share the track with Ferrari and McLaren, all taking part in a 2022 18-inch Pirelli tire test.
It will be the first experience of 17 years of F1 machines and the last step in the Frenchman’s meteoric rise in the junior single-seater ranks.
Pourchaire turned heads this season in his rookie F2 season by becoming the youngest poleman and race winner in the championship after a breathtaking debut at Monaco in May.
However, the F1 test comes after an eventful period for the ART Grand Prix driver which included recovery from a broken arm suffered in a crash on the first lap of an F2 race in Baku in June.
Pourchaire, who sits sixth in the F2 standings, managed to pass his race against the clock to prove his suitability to compete in the British Grand Prix round of the F2 championship last month.
As the teenager set his sights on reaching F1, he told Autosport in May that he was “really far” from his dream and still had “a lot to learn”.
Théo Pourchaire, Grand Prix ART
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Alfa Romeo boss Frédéric Vasseur is watching his junior driver’s progress closely, but admitted in June that it would be wrong to push Pourchaire info F1 “too soon”.
“We have a contract with Theo, but again I don’t want to be in a rush with Theo, we have to keep in mind that he’s 17,” Vasseur said in June.
“He will have to do the work in F2 first and then we will have time to discuss it later.
“I was impressed by Theo [this year] but I was also impressed with Theo last year.
“For next year it’s a little too early because he only did three races in F2 and if you remember the past the guys could have been champions or had good results the first year and the last. part of the season.
“He’s more than young, he’s 17 and still pursuing a driver’s license and we have to give him time to do the job. We are in no rush but I think it’s a very good [driver]. “
Pourchaire is set to be the last F2 driver to experience F1 machines for the first time, after Red Bull junior Liam Lawson takes a similar milestone with a race in Sebastian Vettel’s 2011 Red Bull RB7 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Last month.