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Pourchaire: It’s “not normal” being the slower driver

The championship contender regrets past performances

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Despite sitting second in the championship, ART GP’s Theo Pourchaire does not think he is driving to his limit.

How is Pourchaire’s bid to win the championship going?
Pourchaire and Vesti (Photo by Eric Alonso – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

With five rounds down and nine to go, the Frenchman currently has 81 points to his name. Seven of the ten completed races saw him add points to his tally, leading to him being 32 points adrift of leader Felipe Drugovich.

Teammate and Mercedes junior driver Frederik Vesti has out-qualified him on two occasions. As one of several rookie drivers competing in the championship, he already has an impressive podium finish in Barcelona.

Pourchaire’s season has so far been fairly consistent, but his worst weekends were undoubtedly Jeddah and Barcelona.

Heading to Saudi Arabia off the back of a win in Bahrain, Pourchaire failed to achieve any points. He finished outside of the points in Saturday’s sprint race before retiring from the feature race.

Barcelona was a slightly more positive experience, seeing him take a total of eight points for the team. However, completing the feature race down in eighth whilst his teammate achieved his first podium was not the most encouraging end to the weekend.

What does he think is going wrong?

Pourchaire and Drugovich both have three podiums each this season, but it appears that the Brazilian is having a much stronger year. His three wins compared to Pourchaire’s two are more impressive as he also took a point for pole position and fastest lap on two occasions.

Five rounds in, all eyes are on the battle between Pourchaire and Drugovich at the top (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

It is certainly all to play for as we have not even reached the halfway point yet, but the ART GP driver seems to be more focused than ever.

Looking back to Barcelona, he said: “I think I can do better. I’m not at my best, for sure. In Barcelona, I missed the weekend completely.

“My teammate was faster than me, and that’s not normal. I can’t accept that. And yeah, I mean I will for sure improve myself. It’s only the fifth round of the championship. 

“It’s a long way to go, and I am confident that we can win this title. I have one of the best cars, the best team. For sure, this team is helping me and I am confident that we can win this championship.”

Meanwhile, rival Drugovich admitted that he is the favourite for the championship win. He said: “I am just completely focused on my job because I am not even close to finish. I am still in F2 and have to get to F1.”

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