Pierre Gasly says that if he was to return to Red Bull then both he and the team know he’d do a better job second time around.
Since returning to the ‘B team’ Gasly has scored his first podium in Formula 1 with P2 at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix when the team was known as Toro Rosso, and then under their new identity of AlphaTauri Gasly led his team to victory at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, his first Formula 1 win.
Meanwhile Albon has encountered issues very similar to Gasly’s at Red Bull as he struggles to extract the best out of the car.
Albon did at least go one better than Gasly in claiming his first podium with Red Bull at the Tuscan Grand Prix, though he followed that up with P10 at the Russian GP.
So, with that in mind, would a Red Bull return really feel like a promotion for Gasly? Or would staying with AlphaTauri where he is performing well be the better choice?
“Am I happy with my performance with the team? Yes. Am I happy to work with this team? Yes. Is it my goal to fight for better positions in Formula One? Yes, you have to consider everything,” he told Motorsport-total.com.
“And at the moment I can’t do much anymore, I think.
‘But at the end of the day there’s no good option and no bad option. I think both options are good. I’m performing quite well at the moment.”
So far this season Gasly has finished ahead of Albon at the British, Italian and Russian GPs, but he doesn’t get any extra satisfaction from doing so, saying Albon’s performances are not his problem.
“I’m happy no matter who’s behind me,” he explained.
“I’m not focused on Alex. What happens to him isn’t really my problem, so I’m not really interested in that.
“My point is, I’ve probably scored 70 points in the last 12 months with Toro Rosso and AlphaTauri, which is a lot more than anyone else in this team before. Some have got the chance to go to Red Bull and have scored less than me. We’ll see.”
If Gasly did return to Red Bull then it would be hard for him to be more than a No.2 driver in a team that has been built around Max Verstappen.
So, is he comfortable with that?
“I haven’t even thought about it,” he said.
“But it’s clear that if you want to be a World Champion, you have to be the leader in the team. That is the first criterion.
“But in my situation I also want to fight for top spots, and I think Red Bull has the much better car. But I have to think a little bit to know what I prefer.
“What is clear is that Red Bull and I both learned what didn’t work. I think we would do things differently to make sure we are as competitive as we should be – on their side and also on my side.
“I believe that we would perform much better. And we both know that.”