Red Bull principal Christian Horner says bringing Pierre Gasly back to the team from AlphaTauri “wouldn’t make sense”.
He would score his first F1 podium after returning to Toro Rosso with P2 at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, and his resurgence has continued in 2020 after winning his first race at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.
Meanwhile Albon has mirrored the struggles that Gasly encountered since he took his place at Red Bull over the 2019 summer break, and the quiet talk of another switch really heated up after Albon finished the Italian GP in P15.
But Red Bull have consistently defended Albon and talked up their desire to help him through this difficult period.
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko also said after Monza that AlphaTauri need Gasly’s leadership, despite the presence of more experienced team-mate Daniil Kvyat.
Horner is firmly in the same boat, saying it “wouldn’t make sense” to bring Gasly back to Red Bull now.
“Pierre has done a fantastic job,” said Horner in Friday’s FIA press conference ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix.
“Since taking a step back into what was Toro Rosso, now AlphaTauri, he’s found his confidence, he’s driving incredibly well. AlphaTauri are doing a great job with him. It’s really good to see that’s working out for him.
“I think that as far as Red Bull Racing’s seats are confirmed we’re focussed on Alex Albon, we want to try to give him the best opportunity to retain that seat. We’ve got some issues that we’re working on with the car. I think that it wouldn’t make sense to switch the drivers back.”
Horner added that AlphaTauri are now considered a “sister team” to Red Bull rather than a junior team, freeing them from the duty to develop drivers for Red Bull, and also stated that AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost “is happy, I believe, with Pierre”.
“The final decisions will be made later in the year but there’s no push from our side to reverse the situation. We want to address some of the issues we have with RB16 which I think we’re starting to understand and get on top of and I think we’ll go from there,” he said.