Formula 2 champion Theo Pourchaire will race in Super Formula next year for the Toyota-powered Team Impul squad.
Last week he got his first taste of Japan’s top-level single-seater series in its official post-season test at Suzuka, and speaking afterwards he was clear that he wanted to race in the series. He is now one of two rookies confirmed to be joining the grid in 2024, the other being F2 rival and Red Bull junior Ayumu Iwasa.
Pourchaire spent three full seasons in F2. After contesting the final four races of the 2020 season he won two races and came fifth in the standings the following year. He improved to second in the standings with three wins last year, and won just one race this season en route to the title.
Before that Pourchaire was a race-winner in French Formula 4, won Germany’s ADAC F4 title and was FIA Formula 3 Championship runner-up.
Other drivers to have graduated from F1’s primary feeder series to SF and then made it onto the F1 grid include Pierre Gasly, who was 2016 GP2 champion and half a point shy of being 2017 SF champion, and Liam Lawson who was third in F2 last year and the 2023 SF championship runner-up.
Pourchaire is pinning his hopes of reaching the F1 grid in 2025 on not only having a strong rookie campaign in the competitive Japanese series but also the fact that more F1 drivers are out of contract at the end of 2024 than were at the end of this year.
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