Theo Pourchaire: The French Star

Though too young for a driver’s license, Theo Pourchaire has made a name for himself in the motorsport world.

Written by Chloe Harper Daly

June 11, 2021

In his maiden F2 season, Theo Pourchaire has undoubtedly captured the attention of the motorsport community, becoming not only the youngest F2 pole-sitter but also the youngest winner. Let’s take a look into where this young Frenchman came from. 

Theo Pourchaire was born on the 20th of August 2003 in Grasse, France. Ironically he is currently too young to hold a driver’s license in France, which is required if he wants to move up to F1 in the future. He has an older sister who actually is a karting champion and now works in motorsport communication. Being so young, it is no surprise Pourchaire has a significant online presence. He is quite known for his TikTok, where he does everything from fun trends to dying his hair pink. There hasn’t been a dance yet, but maybe he will do one for the fans if he wins the championship.

Theo Pourchaire via @Formula2 on Twitter

 

Pourchaire began karting at just two and a half years old and began racing competitively at age 7. He went on to win four consecutive French karting championships from 2013-2016. These include the French Championship Minime, the French Championship Cadet, the National Series Championship, and the Championnat de France OK Junior. After such a dominant run in karting, the 17-year-old made his single-seater debut in 2018 in French F4, where he won only the junior championship because he was too young. In 2019 he moved to ADAC F4 and signed with Sauber’s junior team; he then went on to win the championship. 

Theo Pourchaire (seen in white) on the podium after winning in Monaco 2021 via @Formula2 on Twitter

In 2020 Pourchaire made his debut in FIA F3 for ART Grand Prix. He fought the Premas of Logan Sargeant and Oscar Piastri hard but eventually came out as vice-champion. He achieved a remarkable 2 wins and 8 podiums, which is difficult to accomplish as a rookie. He was invited to race for BWT HWA Racelab in the last 4 races of the FIA F2 Championship, where he failed to score points. In 2021 he is back with ART Grand Prix in the FIA F2 Championship. After a retirement in the first race, Pourchaire finished in the top 10 for 7 consecutive races. In Baku, he, unfortunately, broke his arm in an incident with Ticktum and Armstrong. 

Theo Pourchaire post-Baku 2021 via @Formula2 on Twittter

At the time of writing, he is currently 6th in the championship and in title contention, but it is unclear if he will be able to race at the next round in Silverstone. At what he likes to call his home race in Monaco, Theo Pourchaire got the title of youngest pole-sitter and race winner in Formula 2 history. Impressive is an understatement when it comes to the young Frenchman. 

We hope to see Theo back next month in Silverstone, ready to fight for the title fully recovered.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Chloe and I have a huge passion for motorsports. I want to work in media in the future and I love writing. My favourite drivers are Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and my favourite team is McLaren. You can find me on Instagram @chloeharperdaly.

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