In an interview published Saturday on the official website of the Formula 1, Frederic Vasseur explains his choice of not having retained the French hope Theo Pourchaire to occupy the second seat of theAlfa Romeo for the 2022 season.
After the retirement of Kimi Raikkonen and the non-renewal of the contract ofAntonio Giovinazzi, the Italo-Swiss team ended up with two empty buckets before the regulatory and technical revolution of 2022. Initially, it is Valtteri Bottas who had been announced to take the place of pilot number 1 in the stable. But the name of who will take advantage of the other free place has long remained unresolved.
From the Sauber Driver Academy, Théo Pourchaire has long hoped to take advantage of this situation to be promoted to the premier category. Corn Frederic Vasseur decided otherwise. This is mainly a question of timing according to him. The chances in Formula 1 are slim and you should therefore not burn your cartridges =
“He won in Monaco in Formula 2 but… the car is so complex in F1 and we have just six days of testing before the start of the season, that means he would have been, from my point of view, far too risky to get him into F1 now. It’s better that he concentrates on the championship in F2 and we will see for the future. He did a fantastic job at the start of last season in F2… but we have to bear in mind that he was still in Formula 4 a year and a half ago.
Théo will definitely do Free Practice 1. We will also do test days to prepare him for the future. But once again, when you line up in F2, the most important thing is to win the championship and not prepare for the future. I’m going to ask him to be F2 champion. »
Even though the mark was missed for the pilot ART Grand Prize, his hopes for one day landing in the premier category are not dead. Théo Pourchaire has renewed his contract to drive a second season in F2, with one goal in mind: to win the 2022 Formula 2 championship.