Théo Pourchaire – The racer breaks into flames
Théo Pourchaire was quick and even helped out when his Formula 2 racer burst into flames during qualifying for the sprint grand prix in Saudi Arabia

Frederik Vesti’s teammate Théo Pourchaire is a bit of an all-or-nothing driver. This was seen, for example, last year, when he won on the city track in Monaco.

On Friday, it was more ‘nothing’ for the 18-year-old Frenchman, who first smashed his ART racer during the Formula 2 training on the city track in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, and later during the qualification it really kicked off.

The latter was now not intentional. The engine did not want any more and it was already on fire when he parked it and hurried out.

However, the young Frenchman had enough mental presence to lend a hand in relation to the extinguishing work, as he resolutely grabbed a foam extinguisher and assisted the first-arriving racemarshall.

They quickly got hated by the flames so the racer could be towed out during a qualification that had been interrupted several times due to accidents.

It went beyond both Pourchaire and Vesti.

None of them managed to get proper flow in the qualification, and Pourchaire therefore starts late in the sprint race after just running five laps.

Frederik Vesti did better, but not much. The 20-year-old Dane ended up as number 17 out of 21 – partly because there was a defective GPS tracker in the Dane’s car. And subsequently he has been awarded a penalty of three places for getting too close to Ralph Boschung in turn 27.

The sprint race takes place on Saturday at 13.30 Danish time, while the drivers will again be in action on Sunday for the main race at 14.35.

By Editor

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