Formula 1 – Théo Pourchaire on his future: « If there are opportunities, Sauber will decide »


He is, in spite of himself, one of the pilots concerned by the « silly season ». This summer, the traditional period of speculation was largely shaken up by the Piastri affair, the consequences of which are not yet fully known. But they could open many more doors than expected, including for Théo Pourchaire. The current 2nd in the Formula 2 championship has announced in recent days that he will not investigate a third season in the antechamber of F1.
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« It’s a logical choicehe told us. It would be a budget problem, although Sauber helps me a lot. Successful drivers, helped by academies, who do three seasons in F2, it’s very rare. I hope to end the season well like this, the question will not arise.” In the event of a title, the young Frenchman will effectively be banned from riding in the same category next season – as was the case for Piastri this season.

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The 19-year-old is now just 21 points behind Brazilian Felipe Drugovich, with four rounds remaining (each event featuring a sprint and a main race). A champion’s crown would be a major asset in an attempt to snatch one of the last vacant seats. « I’ll see how it turns outadds the man who has won three races this season, the last of which was in Hungary. There are places available at Alpine, at Williams. Alfa Romeo has not confirmed anything yet. Me, I have no news. »

No showdown with Sauber

Contractually linked to Sauber, of which Alfa Romeo is the F1 nominee, Pourchaire still covets the seat occupied by Guanyu Zhou. The Chinese driver has signed a one-season lease and does not know what his future will hold either, after an encouraging first part of the season but also marked by bad luck and his appalling crash at Silverstone. In any case, he has built up a little experience in F1.

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The Frenchman has still not been able to drive with Alfa in free practice, in particular due to a busy schedule and reliability concerns encountered by the team. « If I do the job in F2, there will be opportunities to drive“, believes Pourchaire. But the acquisition of the team by Audi, from 2026, does not help to see more clearly.

One thing is certain, the native of Grasse will not go to arm wrestling. « It’s still thanks to Sauber that I’ve been driving in F2 for two seasonsrecalled the tricolor driver. This collaboration is very important to me. They only want me well. I trust them. Whatever happens, if there are opportunities elsewhere, it will be Sauber who will decide my future and that’s completely normal.” The type of remarks that Otmar Szafnauer would have liked to hear from the mouth of Oscar Piastri.

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