The French Formula 2 driver, a member of the Alfa Romeo-affiliated Sauber Academy, will join the team for a test this Wednesday in a 2019-spec C38 on the stage of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Pourchaire It will share the track with Ferrari and McLaren, who will take part in an 18-inch Pirelli tire test for 2022.
This will be the 17-year-old’s first experience with an F1 car and the latest milestone in the Frenchman’s meteoric rise in the junior categories.
Pourchaire has turned the tables on his F2 debut this season, becoming the author of a pole position and the youngest race winner of the championship following his impressive performance in Monaco in May.
However, the F1 test comes after a hectic period for the ART Grand Prix driver that has included the recovery of a broken arm after an accident on the first lap of an F2 race in Baku in June.
Pourchaire, who ranks sixth in the F2 championship, succeeded in his race against time to show that he was fit to compete in the British Grand Prix round of the F2 championship last month.
Although the teenager has proposed to reach F1, he declared to Motorsport.com in May that he is “far away” from his dream and that he still has “a lot to learn”.
The boss of Alfa Romeo, Frederic Vasseur, has closely followed the progress of its junior driver, but admitted in June that it would be a mistake to push Pourchaire into F1 “too soon”.
“We have a contract with Theo, but I don’t want to be in a rush with Theo, we have to take into account that he is 17 years old,” Vasseur said in June.
“He will first have to do the work in F2 and then we will have time to discuss later.”
“I was impressed by Theo (this year), but I was also impressed last year.”
“For next year it is a bit early since he has only contested three races in F2 and if you remember in the past the boys were able to be champions or to have good results in the first year and in the last part of the season” .
“He is more than young, he is 17 years old and he does not have a driver’s license yet and we have to give him time to do the work. We are not in a hurry, but I think he is a very good (driver).”
Pourchaire will become the last F2 driver to drive an F1 car for the first time, after Red Bull junior Liam Lawson achieved a similar milestone in a 2011 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull RB7 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. last month.