Frederic Vasseur thinks giving Theo Pourchaire an F1 seat too early would be a mistake, but remains impressed.
Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur has spoken about his highly talented Sauber Junior driver recently. The Frenchman mentioned that putting Pourchaire in F1 too early would be a ‘mistake’ as rumors of the 17-year-old signing with Alfa Romeo for 2022 are growing.
Theo Pourchaire, 17, has been immensely impressive in his debut season in Formula 2 after securing a pole position and Feature Race win in Monaco. He was then unfortunately involved in a recent accident where he picked up a broken wrist after a turn 3 crash with Marcus Armstrong and Dan Ticktum.
Pourchaire has impressed all the way through his junior career progressing through the ranks rapidly but his current team owner Vasseur has put to bed any rumors about an unlikely drive for Alfa in 2022.
“We have a contract with Theo, but again I don’t want to be in a rush with Theo, we have to keep in mind that he is 17,” Vasseur said.
“If you compare with all the other talents coming into to F1 they are much older and I don’t want to make any comparison with Lewis [Hamilton], Nico [Rosberg] or Charles [Leclerc], they were much older and had bigger experience, and I think it will be a mistake to push him too early.”
“He will have to do the job in F2 first then we will have time to discuss later on,” Vasseur added. “For next year it is a bit too early as he has only done three races in F2 and if you remember in the past the guys were able to be champion 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 and still chasing a driver’s license and we have to let him have time to do the job.”
Vasseur seems to have his mind made up on not putting his 17-year-old protege in F1 next year but an unlikely F2 championship win could change everything.