AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost made it clear that Pierre Gasly will certainly continue to race for the team in 2023.
Following Red Bull’s announcement that Sergio Perez had extended his contract with the team through to 2024, speculation began to swirl regarding what the future held for Gasly.
Having failed to impress in his half-season at Red Bull in 2019, Gasly remained a part of the Red Bull fold following his demotion back to Toro Rosso and has shone since, the Frenchman now a team leader under its rebranded AlphaTauri identity.
Gasly has made it clear though that his ambition is to compete at the front of the grid, so with his Red Bull deal concluding at the end of 2023, he could well depart the programme now that the door to return to Red Bull has slammed shut.
There had been talk though that Gasly could jump the gun and secure a switch ahead of the 2023 campaign, McLaren and Aston Martin mentioned as potential destinations.
AlphaTauri principal Tost has though firmly ruled that out.
“He will be a driver of us, of Scuderia AlphaTauri, in 2023,” said Tost as he spoke to media personnel at the Canadian Grand Prix. “This is 100% confirmed.”
It took Gasly some time to get going in 2022, his P5 finish at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix representing a much-needed strong result.
Gasly had scored points only twice before that this season, though Tost said that this was more on their shoulders rather than Gasly’s.
So, with Gasly reaffirming what he can do in a competitive and reliable car, Tost says that is now the job of the team to keep providing the tools for Gasly to deliver.
“He is showing fantastic performance,” said Tost. “Unfortunately, at the beginning of the season [he suffered] with a lot of reliability issues – for example, in Bahrain when the battery caught fire.
“Then there were some other reliability issues that were not his fault, it was coming from the team. I am really happy now that at least in Baku we could show how good he is.
“And I hope that we will provide him with a competitive car for the rest of the season because Pierre has the ability to be in front. It’s in the hands of the team to give him a really good competitive car.”
However, with Gasly’s ambition being to fight at the very front of the pack, it is highly unlikely that AlphaTauri will be able to facilitate this.
So, The Race asked Tost how the team was able to keep Gasly committed for 2023.
“He has a valid contract, there’s nothing more to say,” was the sharp response.