Gasly: Next contract is going to be a key move

Michelle Foster
Pierre Gasly congratulates World Champion Max Verstappen. Abu Dhabi December 2021

Pierre Gasly congratulates his former team-mate and 2021 World Champion Max Verstappen after he won the title. Abu Dhabi December 2021

Pierre Gasly says his next F1 contract will be “key” to whether or not he fights for a World title.

Staying on at AlphaTauri, the team he returned to midway through the 2019 championship, 25-year-old Gasly has made no secret about his disappointment with Red Bull’s decision to stick with Sergio Perez for the 2022 season.

The Frenchman had hoped that his recent results, which include a race win at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix and a podium at last year’s Azerbaijan race, would have put him in pole position for the Red Bull drive.

It was not to be as the team questioned whether he could cope going up against Max Verstappen as his team-mate, as that was something he struggled to do in early 2019 when he was initially given a chance at Red Bull.

Instead Gasly will be spending another season with the junior team, Red Bull exercising the option on him for 2022.

He has however made it clear that his next contact, whether that be with Red Bull’s senior team or a rival outfit, needs to be “key” to him moving up the grid.

Pierre Gasly looks up from the AlphaTauri cockpit while in the garage. Abu Dhabi, December 2021.

“I think it’s going to be a key move,” he told The Race.

“We’ll have to see what the view of Red Bull is over the next few years because now it’s been eight years I’ve been with them.

“It’s a long time and obviously at the moment they have a very competitive car.

“I need to see what they are going to do with Max and how they move forward, but obviously I need to think also about my career.

“I’m still very young, I’m 25, but my goal is to be in the first seat once these guys [top teams] are going to look at who can be a replacement.

“I was ninth in the Drivers’ Championship. All of the eight guys ahead of me are the drivers who are running for the four best constructors.

“That’s why it’s important for me to show that if there is a free seat, I should be the first choice.”

Gasly has reportedly caught the attention of rival teams with the driver linked to a move to Alpine.

But right now, he says, Red Bull would his first choice.

“First of all, my priority is Red Bull,” he continued, “but at the moment, they have decided to continue with Sergio.

 

“I don’t know what they’re going to plan.

“They’re saying probably 2023 there could be an option, so yeah, I’ll try to put myself in the best position for that.”

 

Can Gasly be considered a future World Champion?

Will Pierre Gasly ever become a World Champion?