Finding a seat in the top category of motorsports is always a difficult job and requires a lot of patience and time. It is an extremely long road, since the vast majority of drivers start karts at a very young age, we are talking about 7 or 8 years old. After this, and if the goal of the driver is to be in Formula 1, he has to go through several lower categories of single-seaters, such as Formula 4, Formula 3 and Formula 2. Usually, the champion drivers or with very good results in this last category, they are those who have the support of a recognized team within F1, who will give them the opportunity to do tests with them and if the team deems it appropriate, perhaps grant you a seat in the higher category. Some examples are Lando Norris, George Russell, Alex Albon, Charles Leclerc, among others.
Currently we know that there are many rumours to estimate how the starting grid will be during the 2022 Formula 1 season. The main one is the fate of two drivers, we are talking about Valtteri Bottas and George Russell. Bottas currently drives for the champion team, Mercedes, while Russell has been in F1 every year with Williams. Following his “poor” performance by the Finnish driver on the German team, it has been rumoured that he will be removed from his seat, and in his place will be the British. There have even been other rumours that involve negotiations already started between Bottas and Alfa Romeo, since Vasseur - Alfa Romeo’s team principal - was seen many times in the Mercedes garage. Speaking of the Swiss-Italian team, today we woke up to the news that Theo Pourchaire (current Formula 2 driver) had a test with Alfa Romeo. The aim of this test was to drive with the 18-inch Pirelli tyres that will be in use next year, which is why the 17-year-old was the one who had the fortune to drive the 2019 Alfa Romeo on those tyres.
"Yesterday, a dream came true, I drove for the first time of my life a Formula 1 car." Pourchaire commented on his official Twitter account.
“I remember dreaming about that day as a kid. I would like [to thank] the whole [Alfa Romeo] team for this incredible experience and unforgettable day.”
For their part, the Italian team commented on their social media: "The young Frenchman completed a full program throughout the session: a good job and the perfect send-off before the break!"
Similarly, former Formula 2 driver Mahaveer Raghunathan also drove the same car for the same purpose. However, Theo Pourchaire was 1.9 seconds faster than Mahaveer. We have to remember that the Indian-born driver used to race in Formula 2 two years ago, however, he did not have great results since his performance was much lower than that of his competitors, in addition to having 'earned' a penalty of not being able to compete in a race and only have scored a single point in 20 races.
It is these kinds of experiences that make younger drivers, who are still competing in lower categories, begin to gain experience in the fastest cars in the world. So that later, they can be in contention for a seat in the highest category.