Gasly won’t change his approach despite facing key season

Michelle Foster
Pierre Gasly smiling next to an AlphaTauri engineer. Yas Marina December 2021.

Pierre Gasly smiling next to an AlphaTauri engineer during the Abu Dhabi post-season test. Yas Marina December 2021.

Pierre Gasly insists he won’t do anything different this season despite it being a key campaign as he plans for the future.

2022 marks Gasly’s final season with AlphaTauri, Red Bull’s junior team, with the Frenchman confident that he is ready for a promotion up the order.

Even Red Bull’s sporting director Jonathan Wheatley believes he is ready to take the “next step” in his career. The only question is will that step be within the Red Bull family, or will Gasly have to seek pastures new.

He has made no secret about wanting another shot at a Red Bull race seat with team boss Christian Horner conceding his 2019 promotion to the senior team, which lasted all of 12 races, came too soon.

But with Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko seemingly loath to promote the 26-year-old, Gasly may have to impress a rival team in order to take that step forward.

Asked whether this year is key to his future, the driver said: “My approach will be the same as the one I adopted last year.

“I will be trying to build on the run I had of very good results and to continue to be on top of my game with the car I have.”

Last season Gasly added a third podium to his tally, P3 at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. He also bagged a first-ever front row starting spot at the Qatar Grand Prix, just behind polesitter Lewis Hamilton.

He finished the championship in ninth place, billed by many as one of the top five performers of the season, while AlphaTauri were P6, 13 points behind Alpine.

This year, preparing for a brand new era in Formula 1 with cars designed during ground effect aerodynamics, the Frenchman says the goal is to go one better and bag fifth place in the standings.

“I really hope that this is a year when I can fight at the very front, to finish regularly in the top five and even higher if the car is good enough for that,” he said.

“We must be prepared to deal with whatever situations arise.

“So, mentally I’ve prepared myself to deal with any possible scenario and personally, I will be pushing the team to always do its best.

“Last year we came very close to fifth place in the Constructors’ and it would be super to achieve that this year.

“It’s too early to say if that will be possible but I will always give it my best shot and get the most out of our car.”

 

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