Theo Pourchaire will make his FP1 debut with Alfa Romeo at the United States Grand Prix, announced on Thursday.
Pourchaire, who is a member of the Sauber Academy, was expected to have an FP1 outing with Alfa Romeo. Earlier in the season, Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur admitted that the team had difficulties with picking the venue for it.
Pourchaire’s F1 practice debut will take place at Circuit of The Americas next weekend. The 19-year-old will replace Valtteri Bottas during the session.
“I am thrilled to be making my free practice debut in Austin; it will be my second time behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, but in some ways, it will feel like it’s the first time as this time it will be during an official Grand Prix session,” Pourchaire commented on the announcement.
“It feels like a dream coming true, and I want to thank Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN for putting their trust in me and granting me this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to being on track, and I will make sure to get the most out of it and to do my best to support the team as they prepare for the United States Grand Prix.”
“Theo has been delivering great performances over the course of this season, as well as during the previous years: we have been working closely with him for almost four years now, as a member of our Academy, and we have been impressed by his constant progress and development as a driver first and, equally importantly, as a person,” Vasseur added.
“We are delighted to give him his first free practice outing next week: it’s a well-deserved opportunity, and I’m confident he will once again impress us with his performances as he will help the team gather valuable data ahead of the United States Grand Prix.”