Pierre Gasly already spoke about his future two months ago without mincing words, after learning about Max Verstappen’s renewal until 2028. Speaking to Motorsport.com, the Frenchman made it clear that he wants to win more races in Formula 1, to add them to the the only one that appears in its list of winners, but the structure of energy drinks is only one of the options.
Gasly has not closed the doors to go to another team if he sees that they offer him what he is looking for and that Red Bull does not decide to promote him to the first team. However, Franz Tost , head of the AlphaTauri, warns his pilot about these decisions.
“We haven’t had this conversation yet, because he still has a contract,” Tost stressed at a lunch he shared with Formel1.de, Motorsport’s sister publication. “And I have to say that you always have to be careful. AlphaTauri is a good team. It is true that we are not one of the best, but we are making progress.”
“And there aren’t many seats that I feel are definitely better [than AlphaTauri]. You can count them: Ferrari, well, I don’t think it’s an option for Ferrari, they have their drivers. Then there’s Red Bull: it’s very possible there. And Mercedes, I don’t think I’ll get a seat there either,” Tost listed.
“As for the other teams, we are not that far from them. You have to think very carefully if you decide to leave. It has to be a place where you can say: ‘Yes, this is better, I am going to gain ground here, and with This team can win the world title.
Gerhard Berger, who co-owned the team from the beginning of 2006 to the end of 2008, when it was still called Toro Rosso, is still very present in the paddock and is among those who share the opinion that Gasly was “good enough to have a second chance” at Red Bull.
Does Tost understand these words from Berger about Gasly? “Of course,” says the Austrian. “Pierre Gasly has won races, Pierre Gasly is experienced, Pierre Gasly is fast, he is a protégé of Red Bull, so for me it is very logical and clear reasoning.”
Tost is clearly delighted with the current performance of the Frenchman, who was a regular in the top 6 in racing last year, in a season in which he scored 77% of the AlphaTauri points. Thus, the Austrian sees him as a different driver than the one who was promoted to Red Bull at the beginning of 2019 and could not celebrate any success.
“He has three more years of experience, and obviously it shows,” Tost analyzed. “Firstly, in terms of personal maturity, and secondly, in terms of technical comments. Pierre was the technical leader of our team last year, because Yuki [Tsunoda] was a rookie, and he played that very well. paper”.
“His knowledge of tires also reached a very high level in that time. And I would say that if Pierre has a good car, he is still in a position to compete at the front.”
“If Pierre Gasly has a super good environment, if everything is fine with the car, then he can win races. And if you can win races, you can win a world title, but of course the planets have to align.
“Personally, I would say it’s about him being in the right place at the right time; it’s not so much about his ability, because Pierre has shown before that he can win championships. He won the Formula 2 championship when it was called GP2, and also He has won races in the lower categories. He has the material to be very successful.” The question that remains to be answered is which team you want to do it with.