Alfa Romeo boss explains why rising F2 star Pourchaire was ‘too risky’ a prospect for 2022 F1 seat

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Theo Pourchaire is considered one of the rising stars on the road to F1 and could reach the top of motorsport in the future, but the Sauber Junior driver was not considered for the Alfa Romeo seat in 2022. Team principal, Frederic Vasseur explained exactly why.

This season will be Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu’s first in F1 as Valtteri Bottas joins him from Mercedes, and with just 20 seats on offer, it’s inevitable that some drivers will be left out. Pourchaire, who became the youngest ever F2 winner in 2021 and finished fifth overall, was one of those drivers.

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After the announcement that Zhou would be joining Alfa Romeo this season, Vasseur explained why Pourchaire was not considered.

“He won this season in Monaco but… the car is very complex and we only have six days of testing before the season, which means that from my point of view it would have been too risky, too challenging to take the step now. “. It is much better to focus on the F2 championship [in 2022] and we will see the future.

“He had a fantastic [debut] season in F2… but you also have to take into account that 18 months ago he was in F4 [and] the step from F4 to F3 was huge,” the team boss added.

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Last season, Pourchaire tested the 2019-spec Alfa Romeo at the Hungaroring
However, the 18-year-old Pourchaire will have a bigger role in Alfa Romeo’s 2022 season, with FP1 sessions and test days on the horizon alongside his second F2 campaign. The Frenchman made his Alfa Romeo F1 testing debut in August 2021.

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Vasseur explained: “Theo will surely do some FP1. We will do some test days that we will try to prepare him for the future. But again, when you’re doing the championship in F2, the most important thing is to win the championship and not prepare the future or something like that, and I’ll ask him to be champion in F2.”

Alfa Romeo finished behind Williams in 2021 and is aiming to break into midfield or beyond this season. Pourchaire, meanwhile, will continue to race for ART in the 2022 Formula 2 Championship.

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