Alfa Romeo team boss eyes 'solution' for Pourchaire dilemma
Jul.22 - Alfa Romeo is still looking for an opportunity to give highly-rated development driver Theo Pourchaire a run in the 2022 car.
That is because the Swiss team's clear favourite, 18-year-old Pourchaire, is seen by boss and fellow Frenchman Frederic Vasseur as a frontrunner for a future race seat.
Formula 1 teams this year must run alternate drivers in Friday practice sessions at least twice in 2022, with even Lewis Hamilton sitting out a session in France to make way for Nyck de Vries.
But Vasseur says it has been "difficult" to find the right moment for Pourchaire, but he is confident a "solution" will be found.
"We will find a free practice session 1 because the regulations state that you must give a rookie driver a session," he told France's Auto Hebdo.
"But when we discuss it, we also have to take into account that there are Formula 2 races, we have sprint race weekends and also some events with new tyre tests.
"You also can't imagine giving a free practice session to rookies in Singapore," Vasseur added. "Even Suzuka will be tough, although I think Max (Verstappen) did that a few years ago.
"There aren't many opportunities until the end, but we'll find the solution, don't worry. By the regulations, it is mandatory."
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