Pourchaire remains at ART for third season in Formula 2

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Sauber junior driver Theo Pourchaire will remain at ART for a third consecutive season in Formula 2 in 2023, the team has confirmed.

The 19-year-old has raced in the last two seasons of the series with the French team, taking fifth place in the drivers’ standings in 2021 and taking the runner-up spot behind champion Felipe Drugovich last year.

Pourchaire, who is the first driver to be confirmed by ART for the upcoming season, said he “couldn’t be happier to extend my career in this top-level Formula 2 championship with ART Grand Prix, which has become a family to me.”

“We have had intense moments over the past three years and it’s important to prepare for the 2023 championship with a team that knows me and knows how to put me in the best possible situations. We may have lacked success last year, but we gained experience that makes us even stronger. I will do everything I can to bring the title to ART Grand Prix this season.”

Pourchaire has raced for ART since joining the team for his single season in FIA Formula 3 in 2020, taking the runner-up spot in the championship behind Oscar Piastri and graduating into F2 with the team the following year. He became F2’s youngest ever race winner in 2021 with his victory in the Monaco feature race and has topped the podium on four further occasions since.

He finished a distant runner-up to champion Felipe Drugovich last season. ART team manager Sebastian Phillippe said the team is aiming to win the championship with Pourchaire this year.

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“Theo will still be one of the youngest drivers on the grid, but he has acquired a technical and personal maturity which, combined with his speed and his combativeness, will be a major asset to be consistently at the front of the field and will help the team in its technical focus,” said Phillippe.

“Last season showed us how much every detail counts and after two seasons in Formula 2 with Theo, ART Grand Prix’s mission will be to master everything in our power to optimise our chances of winning the title in 2023.”

2023 Formula 2 driver line-up

MPDennis HaugerTBC
CarlinEnzo FittipaldiZane Maloney
ARTTheo PourchaireTBC
PremaFrederik VestiOliver Bearman
HitechJak CrawfordIsack Hadjar
DAMSAyumu IwasaArthur Leclerc
VirtuosiJack DoohanAmaury Cordeel
PHM by CharouzRoy NissanyBrad Benavides
TridentClement NovalakRoman Stanek
Van AmersfoortRichard VerschoorJuan Manuel Correa
CamposRalph BoschungKush Maini

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9 comments on “Pourchaire remains at ART for third season in Formula 2”

  1. Three seasons in F2 and his last hope for Formula 1 is that Sauber drop BOT and put him in to save some budget.

    What a difference two-and-a-bit years make.

  2. I’m worried for Martins now…

    1. He will sign for ART GP don’t worry

  3. He has age in his side but in the end where he could find a seat? Sauber when Bottas retires or Zhou dropping the ball. Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes no. Alpine maybe if Ocon and Gasly won’t work together but then Theo is also french.. Mclaren if Piastri fails. Allpha Tauri why not if De Vries or Tsunoda can’t get the car working. Haas maybe if Magnussen decides to retire. Williams a possibility

    1. I share your concerns, @qeki, but I have an even greater one now: A 3rd year in F2 means Théo has to completely ace the season and wipe out the competition. If he is runner up again or worse, I would imagine his dreams of F1 are over.

  4. It’s now or never for Pourchaire, let’s see if he will cope with the pressure and position himself for F1.

  5. Wasted.
    PS: It seems there’s no talent in F2 this year either.

  6. this top-level Formula 2 championship

    The clue’s in the name…

  7. Pretty crazy to think he’s entering his 3rd season in F2 and yet is the 4th youngest driver on the grid.

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