Rising star, 17, Theo Pourchaire, says Alfa Romeo F1 test debut is “dream come true”
Formula 2 racer and 2020 F3 runner-up Theo Pourchaire experienced what he called an ‘unforgettable’ day at the hands of the 2019 Alfa Romeo C38, as the exciting teenager completed a test on Wednesday private at the Hungaroring.
While McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari totaled 523 laps in testing the 18-inch Pirelli tires in 2022 (the equivalent of more than seven Grands Prix), Alfa used the track time to field the 17-year-old Sauber Junior driver, who has won one race so far in F2 this season.
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And how much did he enjoy racing in a 2019 machine? Many. “Yesterday a dream came true, I drove a Formula 1 for the first time in my life,” Pourchaire said on Twitter.
“I remember dreaming about this day when I was a child. I would like [thank] the totality [Alfa Romeo] team for this incredible experience and this unforgettable day.
Alfa Romeo also seemed satisfied with his run-out, tweeting “The young Frenchman put in a full program throughout the session: a good job and a perfect farewell before the break!”
Pourchaire became the youngest F2 poleman and winner in Monaco in May and scored the top 10 in all but two F2 races – of which he retired – this season.
Currently sixth in the F2 standings, Pourchaire was also the youngest F3 winner en route to P2 in the 2020 championship. But his F2 season did not go so well as he broke his wrist over the weekend. from F2 in Baku.
Mercedes has lined up George Russell for the Pirelli tire test, while McLaren had both Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris and Ferrari saw Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc take the wheel.