ART Grand Prix have retained 2022 Formula 2 vice champion Théo Pourchaire for 2023, announcing that the Frenchman will continue his partnership with them for a third F2 season.

Pourchaire’s relationship with the French squad began in 2020. The Sauber junior scored two wins and six additional podiums to finish runner-up in Formula 3. Graduating to the second tier in 2021, he went on to become the Championship’s youngest-ever race winner and pole sitter in Monaco.

A second campaign last year brought a battle with Felipe Drugovich for the title. Pourchaire claimed three victories and a further four podiums, finishing the year as runner-up.

“I couldn't be happier to extend my career in this top-level Formula 2 championship with ART Grand Prix, which has become a family to me,” said Pourchaire. “We have had intense moments over the past three years and it's important to prepare for the 2023 championship with a team that knows me and knows how to put me in the best possible situations.

“We may have lacked success last year, but we gained experience that makes us even stronger. I will do everything I can to bring the title to ART Grand Prix this season”.

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Alongside competing in F2, Pourchaire will also take on additional responsibilities with the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team as one their reserve drivers. The 19-year-old has already got some F1 experience under his belt, having made his FP1 debut for the team at the 2022 United States Grand Prix.

ART Team Principal Sébastien Philippe added: “Théo will still be one of the youngest drivers on the grid, but he has acquired a technical and personal maturity which, combined with his speed and his combativeness, will be a major asset to be consistently at the front of the field and will help the team in its technical focus.

“Last season showed us how much every detail counts and after two seasons in Formula 2 with Théo, ART Grand Prix's mission will be to master everything in our power to optimize our chances of winning the title in 2023”.