Sauber Academy driver Theo Pruscia will be promoted to Formula 2 in 2021 and will be the first contract for the new season of the ART Grand Prix.
Pourchaire has stepped up into the Formula 1 feeder category with the success of its first season at ART in FIA Formula 3. There, he lost the championship by only 3 points to Prema’s rival Oscar Piercetri.
However, the 17-year-old defeated two other prema drivers, Logan Sargent and Frederik Besty. The latter was recently added to Mercedes’ young driver program.
F2’s experience is already limited as Pourchaire played against HWA in the last two rounds of last year’s campaign.
With this announcement, both of the top two drivers of last year’s F3 season have ensured their graduation to F2, and Piercetri has already been nominated alongside Robert Shwartzman in Prema to replace Mick Schumacher.
“I’m very happy to continue the ART Grand Prix!” Said Pourchaire, who won the 2019 German F4 title.
“This team gave me the opportunity to drive in F3 last year and is now accompanying me at the F1 gate in F2.
“This year, my goals haven’t changed and I’m aiming for the top. Thanks to Sauber Academy, ART Grand Prix, sponsors and family.
“I feel completely ready for this new season. I will probably be the youngest driver in this year’s F2 Championship. Therefore, the goal is to gain as much experience as possible, To make progress throughout the season! “
ART finished fifth in the 2020 ranking, and top driver Christian Lungard finished seventh in the Drivers’ Championship after winning two wins during the season.
Lungard tested ART in a rookie test in Bahrain last month, but this year it has not been officially held by the team. His 2020 teammate Marcus Armstrong has moved to join DAMS.
“Theo’s progress has been remarkable since its debut in motorsport,” said Ssbastien Philippe, principal of the ART team.
“2019 F4 Champion, he finished last season as F3 runner-up.
“Beyond the end result, he impressed the team in his evolution in delicate situations and in highly competitive areas.
“Theo had nothing to gain from doing a second season in F3. His move to F2 is the logical next step in our collaboration.
“The steps are high, but between his talent, determination, and thirst for learning, he is confident that this transition can be successful.”
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