Pourchaire: More Relaxed Mindset Key to 2023 F2 Title Campaign

Pourchaire: More Relaxed Mindset Key to 2023 F2 Title Campaign

PourchairePourchaire: More Relaxed Mindset Key to 2023 F2 Title Campaign

FIA Formula 2 championship leader Théo Pourchaire has attributed much of his success in 2023 to a new mindset that has seen him take a calmer approach to each race weekend.

In 2022, Sauber junior Pourchaire discussed the extra pressure he placed upon himself during the F2 season as he eyed an F1 seat at Alfa Romeo. That mindset, he said, was eventually to his detriment on track, as evidenced by a number of challenging rounds in the middle of the season and an 8–6 loss to ART Grand Prix teammate Frederik Vesti, his chief title rival in 2023, in a head-to-head comparison of qualifying.

ART’s Pourchaire said he entered this year, his third in F2, without that same mental pressure or intense focus on his future. That more relaxed approach, he said, was a crucial part of his more stable 2023 campaign, which has been marked by consistent scoring rather than the more extreme fluctuations in form he showed in 2022.

“I think it was a very important part for me because last year, at some points, I was putting way too much pressure on myself and I had crazy expectations,” Pourchaire told InsideF2 at a virtual media roundtable ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi. “I was doing mistakes as well, so it was not a clean [season].”

In 2023, Pourchaire, 20, has scored just one win in the opening round of the season but has taken nine additional podiums and two pole positions, including one at the most recent round in Monza.

Of his current mindset, he said, “I’m more relaxed. I just know what to do. I know how to drive the car. I just have to be relaxed and to do the job. It’s easy to say it, for sure, but it’s way more difficult to do it.

“But that’s part of being a professional racing driver. You have to be relaxed. You have to know what to do, not put too much pressure on yourself, and I think I did a pretty good job this season on that.

“I’m happy to be in that position, leading the championship by the final round,” he continued. “It’s the finish line in front of me, and I just have to finish the job and I will be really happy, hopefully.”

Entering the final round, Pourchaire has a 25-point lead over Vesti with 39 points still on offer.

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