ART Grand Prix have retained Théo Pourchaire for the 2022 campaign, announcing that the Sauber junior will spend a third season with the team.

The 2020 Formula 3 vice-champion made his Formula 2 debut with ART last season, finishing fifth with 140 points.

Pourchaire became F2’s youngest polesitter and youngest race winner last season in Monaco, winning the Feature Race from pole, before going on to add a further two podiums, including a win in the Monza Sprint Race 1.

The 18-year-old first drove for ART in the 2020 F3 campaign, where he finished as runner-up in his rookie season, with two wins and eight podiums. His victory in the Spielberg Sprint Race made him the youngest victor in FIA F3.

A member of the French Motor Sport Federation FFSA since 2017, Pourchaire was signed by the Sauber Driver Academy in 2019 and made his Formula 1 debut in a private test at the Hungaroring in August last year, running the 2019 Alfa Romeo C38.

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Pourchaire finished fifth in F2 last season with two wins and three podiums
Pourchaire finished fifth in F2 last season with two wins and three podiums

“I am proud to be continuing in F2 with ART Grand in 2022,” said Pourchaire. “It’s an honour for me to work with such a great team. This will be our third year together and it has become like family to me. To continue with them in the pre-cursor to F1 is very exciting.

“I would like to thank the Sauber Academy for accompanying me once again. It will be a busy year and I want to have fun and gain experience for my future. We are more determined than ever, and we will be aiming for the F2 title.”

In just his second season of single-seater racing, Pourchaire won the ADAC Formula 4 title, with four wins and 12 podiums.

ART Grand Prix Team Manager Sébastien Philippe added: “Continuing our adventure together makes sense! Théo has shown the range of his talents and there are many of them, both in individual terms and athletic ability.

“His motivation and determination are in tune with that of ART Grand Prix and winter preparation is going well. When you know that you have all the assets on your side, there is only one thing you can aim for, the title!”