The 17-year-old Frenchman drove a Formula One car for the first time in his career at Hungaroring on Wednesday.
The private test conducted by Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 consisted of a full program at the wheel of the 2019 Alfa Romeo C38, which Theo Pourchaire completed successfully ahead of summer break.
“Yesterday, a dream came true; I drove for the first time of my life a Formula 1 car.
“I remember dreaming of that day as a kid. I would like to thanks the whole Alfa Romeo team for this amazing experience and unforgettable day,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
The Sauber Academy member currently contests the FIA Formula 2 championship sitting in sixth place with 65 points in the standing halfway into the season.
Last May, the ART Grand Prix driver grabbed pole position and victory at his maiden race in Monte Carlo, becoming the championship’s youngest-ever driver to do so.
Early in June, at the third round of the championship in Baku, Pourchaire sustained a fractured wrist in a first-lap collision during the Feature Race.
The multiple karting champion returned to action in mid-July, ahead of the racing weekend at the Silverstone circuit.
As he explained, “It was difficult to come back from an injury, but the most important thing for me is to score a good bunch of points.
“It affected my preparation a lot, not just physically but mentally too, because I didn’t know if I would be able to drive, and that was really difficult.
“I was unable to play any sports. All I could do was a little bit of cardio.”
Despite the struggles and the pain, Pourchaire crossed the finish line fifth in the first Sprint Race at Silverstone, scored a tenth place in Race 2, and eighth in the Feature Race.
After the race, he commented: “It is good to be back in the points, although I expected a bit more, but when you’re behind a car, it’s really difficult to overtake at Silverstone.
“I need to get a better start to reach the podium positions.”
The Formula 2 championship resumes at Monza, with its fifth-round scheduled for September, raising the curtains to the legendary Formula One Italian Grand Prix.
In 2021, following a change to the Sporting Regulations, Formula One supporting series features a new schedule, which comprises eight rounds with three races each, forming a 24-race season.
STEP BY STEP
In 2019 and as part of the Sauber Junior Team, the Grasse native claimed the German Formula 4 championship (ADAC) with an impressive performance across the year.
In 2020, he joined the FIA Formula 3 championship, continuing to impress as he became the youngest series winner, earning the victory in Spielberg (Race 2) at the age of sixteen.
A week later, he would score his second win in Hungary with the French team ART Grand Prix.
He went on to finish as Vice-Champion in his rookie season, only behind Australian driver Oscar Piastri.
The member of the Alpine Academy won the title with PREMA Racing three points ahead of Pourchaire.
In 2021, Piastri (20), is also contesting the Formula 2 championship with the Italian squad - he leads the standings after the fourth round - replacing reigning champion Mick Schumacher, who graduated into Formula One.
The German is currently a driver with the American team Uralkali Haas F1 at the pinnacle of motorsport.