During the first free practice session of the Mexican Grand Prix, Sauber Academy driver Théo Pourchaire got the chance to get into Alfa Romeo’s C43. Unfortunately, luck was not on his side this session, as the car appeared to have a problem on the first lap of the circuit, and could not be used for the rest of practice.
So there went his chance to impress the team, but he need not grieve, as he will get another chance, according to Alfa Romeo team boss Alessandro Alunni Bravi: “In Abu Dhabi, the second FP1 session, and also the rookie test [he will drive],” the team boss explained to the media, including RacingNews365.com.
“He has shown that he is mature.”
In addition, the Italian wanted to express his appreciation for the young rookie and how he handled the Alfa Romeo car’s problems: “He had been waiting all year for this session and then in Mexico he couldn’t do laps because of a problem with the car. And he remained calm over the board radio and he gave the right instructions: precise and concrete messages to the team. So if you ask me, this experience is positive for him. He has shown that he is mature.”
Pourchaire will therefore be part of Alfa Romeo’s line-up next year. The Frenchman will be the third driver. “He deserves it, and even though we have confirmed our driver lineup for 2024, we are looking at what is the best racing program for him to stay in shape.” Bravi stressed that he is not a reserve driver, but will function as a third driver: “He is part of our lineup. We will have three drivers next year, not two official drivers and one reserve.”