With the 2023 season now archived in the annals of motorsport history and the focus shifting towards 2024, it’s an opportune moment to reflect on the year’s memorable events.
A Season Well Executed
ART Grand Prix, alongside Théo Pourchaire, had their sights set firmly on the F2 crowns, and 2023 was the year they turned their aspirations into reality.
Pourchaire kickstarted the season with a pole position and a Feature Race victory in Sakhir, showcasing not just his skill but also a newfound maturity and learning from previous seasons. His approach was marked by consistency, coupled with formidable pace and driving finesse. The twenty-year-old Frenchman faced a challenging final round, starting P14 and having to fight his way up the field to garner enough points for the championship title. His triumph marked a fitting culmination of four successful years with ART, spanning from F3 to F2.
At the beginning of the season, Pourchaire demonstrated his abilities by securing pole position and winning the Feature Race in Sakhir. He exhibited not only his talent but also a newfound maturity and a willingness to learn from previous seasons. His strategy was characterized by steady performance, as well as impressive speed and driving skill. Despite starting in 14th place during the final round, the 20-year-old Frenchman worked his way up the ranks to earn enough points to become the champion. His success was a fitting end to four prosperous years with ART, which included both F3 and F2 competitions.
ART Grand Prix’s quest for the championship had been a long-standing one since 2017. With previous successes propelling George Russell in 2018 and Nyck de Vries in 2019 to glory, the team was eager to top the standings again. Fielding Pourchaire and 2022 F3 Champion Victor Martins, ART was primed for victory. Their remarkable season culminated in clinching the title, a well-deserved success.
Rising Stars Amongst Rookies
The seasoned drivers in the 2023 lineup were formidable, but the rookies also shone in what was a fiercely competitive season. Victor Martins stood out, with three pole positions, one win, ten podiums, seven front-row starts, and six fastest laps. Despite some early missteps, Martins secured a top 5 finish and the top rookie title – a tribute to his friend Anthoine Hubert. His performance significantly contributed to ART’s Teams’ Title. While his 2024 plans are yet to be confirmed, Martins is certainly a driver to watch.
Oliver Bearman, another impressive rookie, captivated fans, media, and paddocks alike. The young Brit claimed four wins, three pole positions, six podiums, five front-row starts, and two fastest laps. His performance in Baku was particularly memorable, one of the season’s standout moments. Although his consistency varied, Bearman’s return in 2024 with PREMA Racing marks him as a contender for the title.