ART Grand Prix have secured their second driver signing for the 2020 campaign, with the news that Théo Pourchaire will race for the French side in FIA Formula 3 next season.
The 16-year-old joins ART on the back of winning the Formula 4 ADAC title as a rookie in 2019, in just his second season of single-seater racing. The Frenchman’s first was equally as impressive, winning 16 times from 21 races to clinch the French F4 Championship.
Pourchaire is a winner of the prestigious Winfield Trophy and a member of the FFSA French Motorsport Federation since the age of nine.
The 16-year-old debuted in the ART F3 machine back in October during post-season testing, at Valencia, and the team were impressed with his raw speed, technical knowledge and maturity.
On joining ART, Pourchaire said: “This is a new challenge for me and I’m grateful to ART Grand Prix for giving me the opportunity to race in Formula 3. Coming from German F4, this is a big step up, but after the tests in Valencia I feel ready to take it. We had all the possible conditions, dry, drying or wet and I felt good in all of them.
“ART Grand Prix gave me some leads to work on and I know where I can improve. I know I have a good margin of progression and that’s why my main aim will be to be better and better week in week out and to be ready to fight with the front runners by the final stages of the championship. I still have a lot to learn, but with a team such as ART Grand Prix, I think I can make it. I’m young and I want to take the time to do things right.
“Also, I would like to give a special thanks to all the people who have worked hard to help me reach this level, especially my family of course, my physio and Simumotion. I also thank ART for the chance with the tests in Valencia where I took the opportunity to show what I am really worth in this category.”
Pourchaire joins Alexander Smolyar at ART Grand Prix for 2020 and will be aiming to help the French team improve upon an impressive first season in F3, where they finished third in the Teams’ Championship, with 174 and one victory.
Team Principal Sébastien Philippe added: “Théo’s record and career speak for themselves. In karting as in motorsport, he won one title per year. Reaching this level of competition, F3, at such a young age, is rare and not only testifies to his great racing skills, but also to his exceptional mental ability to know how to manage the victory on a race meeting and throughout a championship, all while working hand in hand with his team.
“At 16, and despite an immense raw talent, he has a lot of room for improvement. Théo proved to us in Valencia that he is very mature for his age, that he already has a certain technical background and that he has all the skills to be fast and help ART Grand Prix reach its objectives.”