Mahaveer Raghunathan Makes a Shocking Testing Debut With Alfa Romeo: Pictures Inside

Published 08/05/2021, 4:30 PM EDT


The conclusion of the Hungarian Grand Prix this past weekend kick started the three-week summer break in the ongoing F1 season. However, some teams decided to stay back at the Hungaroring and carry out a few laps to test their machinery. One such team was Alfa Romeo, who are ninth in the constructor’s championship.

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During testing, they decided to field two youngsters in the C38. While one of them was F2 driver Theo Pourchaire, their second selection shocked the F1 world altogether.

Alfa Romeo field former F2 driver Mahaveer Raghunathan during F1 testing session

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Earlier this year, Pourchaire became the youngest race winner in Formula 2. At just 17 years old, the Frenchman won the Monaco feature race to write his name in the history books. Currently, he sits sixth in the championship with 65 points.

As part of the Sauber Junior Team, Pourchaire got a chance to test in Hungary this Tuesday. However, former F2 driver Mahaveer Raghunathan also got the same opportunity with Alfa Romeo. The Indian driver last featured in the F2 championship two years ago in 2019.

During that season, the 22-year-old scored just one point. However, he accumulated a series of penalties, including 12 points on his license, which forced him to serve a one-race suspension. Hence, his appearance in the Italian team’s car shocked many in the F1 community.

Most fans called him “Lord Mahaveer” due to his reputation prior to his first experience in an F1 car.

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Does this test put Raghunathan in contention for an F1 seat?

Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok are the only Indian drivers to compete in F1. Although Raghunathan got a run out in the Alfa Romeo, it looks highly unlikely he will be in contention for a seat in 2022.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 19: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing speaks with Callum Illot of Great Britain and UNI-Virtuosi Racing after a press conference following the sprint race for the Formula 2 Championship at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

At the moment, British driver Callum Ilott looks a clear favorite. As Alfa Romeo’s reserve driver, the 22-year-old is also a part of the Ferrari Driver Academy. In addition, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas is also in contention given his future as a driver for the Silver Arrows is in doubt.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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