“F1 is my biggest dream”

“F1 is my biggest dream”

In an interview with AFP, French driver Théo Pourchaire (20 years old) confides his desire to drive one day in F1, if possible with Sauber, but will not say no to a long adventure in Indycar (where he will drive this season for McLaren) if F1 closes the doors to him.

It was an unexpected opportunity that presented itself to Théo Pourchaire, and he accepted it immediately. Reserve driver in the Sauber Formula 1 team, the 2023 Formula 2 world champion was hired by McLaren to replace David Malukas in Indycar, the famous American single-seater championship on oval, road or urban circuits. Eleventh in his first race then 24th in the second, he will not take part in the legendary 500 miles of Indianapolis on May 26, but in all the other races of the season, which will end on September 10. However, the 20-year-old French driver is not giving up on his Formula 1 dream, as he is still under contract with Sauber. This is what he confided in an interview withAFP this Thursday.

“F1 is my biggest dream. But there must be conditions, explains the native of Grasse. I’m very good here in IndyCar. I have a team that has given me an incredible opportunity, that helps me a lot. It’s a very high level championship. Concerning F1, if it is with Sauber, to the extent that I am still in contract with them, they helped me during my career in Formula 2 in particular, they have priority. So if they want me, of course I won’t say no. It’s a dream but it’s not a simple choice. If I don’t have a seat in F1, my priority will remain to drive and therefore to aim for a championship, no matter which one – I hope IndyCar. »

Pourchaire: “I think I still have several possibilities to access F1”

While Sauber will be controlled by Audi from 2026, the year of introduction of new technical regulations, the team has already recruited Nico Hülkenberg (36 years old) for the next three seasons, but the second seat is not It’s still not busy, with Valterri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou arriving at the end of their contracts in December. Nothing says that one of the two drivers will not obtain a contract extension, but an arrival of Carlos Sainz Jr from Ferrari cannot be ruled out either. What about Pourchaire in the discussions? The French pilot is not necessarily optimistic.

“I don’t know if I’m really interesting to them despite my Formula 2 title. I can’t blame them, it’s their choice. For my part, I think I still have several possibilities to access F1. I don’t lose hope. But if I were to have a career in IndyCar, it would already be a dream. I want to win here so much that I wouldn’t necessarily regret not being in F1,” he concludes. Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon could well be the only French people in the F1 paddock for a while yet…

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