Hinting at 2022 F1 Seat? F2 Graduate to Make His Alfa Romeo Debut This Week in Hungary

Published 08/02/2021, 8:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Ever since the season has kicked off, Formula One teams have been given a chance to test out the 18-inch tires that will come into action next year. This time it will be the turn of Alfa Romeo, who will have Théo Pourchaire behind the wheel at the Hungaroring.

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This will also be the first time Pourchaire will be behind the wheel of an F1 car. Furthermore, this increases the speculation of how who will get the drive next year, as there is uncertainty over Kimi Raikkonen‘s seat in the team.

Can Alfa Romeo rely on Pourchaire for 2022?

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We are almost halfway through the season, and teams are now looking to secure their seats for the upcoming season. One of the new contenders for the seat is F2 driver Pourchaire.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The 17-year-old currently drives for ART Grand Prix and finds himself sixth in the driver’s standings with sixty-five points. The ability to have this level of talent at such a young age will surely turn heads at the Swiss-based team and could see him get the drive for next season.

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Who else is the team considering for the next season?

There has been a lot of talk in the paddock of who could be driving for the team next season. One of the favorites for the Alfa Romeo seat is Valtteri Bottas. The Finn is in his last year of contract at Mercedes, and hasn’t been offered an extension yet; hence, he would looking at the Swiss-based team as his destination for the 2022 season.

Another underrated driver is Nico Hulkenberg, the German left the grid when he parted ways with Renault at the end of 2019. However, he did make a surprise return to the grid last year when he drove for Racing Point on two occasions. Currently, Hulkenberg is the reserve driver for Aston Martin but would be looking for a permanent seat in F1.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

Callum Ilott is another driver linked to the Vasseur-led team. The Brit has driven for the team in some of the practice sessions and is also part of the Ferrari driver academy, which could see him get the seat for the Swiss-based team in 2022.

Who do you think will get the seat for next year? Will it Bottas, Ilott or Hulkenberg? Or will team principal, Frédéric Vasseur will stick to Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for the next season as well?

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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