18-year-old better than Robert Kubica. “I was very close”

Alfa Romeo management was skeptical from the beginning about the idea of ​​contracting Robert Kubica. Higher permanent shares, incl. Theo Pourchaire. “I’m really disappointed,” says the French, who was ultimately not selected by the team.

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Theo Pourchaire

Press materials / Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN / In the photo: Theo Pourchaire

Robert Kubica will not be the main driver of Alfa Romeo in the 2022 season, which is officially known from last Tuesday. However, the management of the Swiss team from the beginning was not too eager to give the Pole a chance. The obstacle was his age, because Frederic Vasseur did not want two older drivers in his team after he had previously teamed up with 32-year-old Valtteri Bottas.

The stocks of, among others, were higher than Robert Kubica. Theo Pourchaire. The 18-year-old delighted this year in Formula 2, where he is achieving great results as a rookie. Among other things, he was able to win the F2 race in Monaco.

“Of course I’m disappointed,” Pourchaire told Auto Hebdo after Alfa Romeo ultimately failed to bet on him in the context of the 2022 season.

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According to Vasseur, it is too early for Pourchaire to qualify for F1. The driver himself sees it a bit differently. – I would be lying if I said that I am not disappointed. Even if someone tells me all the time that I am too young and have plenty of time to reach F1, I am disappointed because I was really close, added the young French driver.

Theo Pourchaire in an interview with “Auto Hebdo” revealed that Alfa Romeo actually chose between him and Guanyu Zhou. The French thus confirmed that Robert Kubica had no chances of being involved. “It was a choice between me and Guanyu,” he commented.

Previously, the media linked with Alfa Romeo, among others Oscar Piastri, who is currently the leader of F2 and belongs to Alpine’s talent academy. The 20-year-old has already signed a contract under which he will be the reserve of the French team in the 2022 season. – I do not even know if my managers talked to Alfa Romeo. However, I knew from the beginning that my chances of getting involved in this team were slim – said Piastri, who is quoted by the GMM agency.

Piastri wants to reach F1 in 2023. Pourchaire has the same goal. – As I said. I think I really deserved my place in F1. This is not going to happen in 2022 for various reasons, but I respect Alfa Romeo’s decision. The most important thing is that I have the trust of this team. If what they have planned for the future works out for me from A to Z, it will be very interesting, ‘said Pourchaire.

Pourchaire in the 2022 season is expected to get a chance to drive in several F1 practice sessions. In addition, Alfa Romeo intends to train him regularly in the simulator. All this so that the French would be able to conquer F1 immediately in 2023.

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