Pierre Gasly has described being snubbed for a return to Red Bull next year as “sad and a little bit frustrating”.
The Frenchman has already had one go as Max Verstappen’s team-mate but it did not work out in the first half of 2019.
In the summer break of that season, Gasly was dropped back down to the ‘sister’ team, Toro Rosso, and has rebuilt his career admirably.
Having stood on all three steps of the podium since that time, the 25-year-old looks ripe for another step up from the team now titled AlphaTauri.
But having chosen Alex Albon and now Sergio Perez over him, Gasly has been told the Red Bull hierarchy see him only as the AlphaTauri team leader for now.
Perez, despite not being completely convincing this year, will remain with Red Bull for 2022, as will Gasly at AlphaTauri alongside Yuki Tsunoda.
That is despite last year’s Italian Grand Prix winner having enjoyed a more consistent season than Perez, especially with a series of impressive qualifying performances.
However, with the superior car, Perez has won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and scored 118 points to Gasly’s 66.
Excited for another year with my @AlphaTauriF1 family. Looking forward to 2022 and giving my best to bring this team & amazing group of people as much success as they deserve. pic.twitter.com/lXdlAVHKRf
— PIERRE GASLY 🇫🇷 (@PierreGASLY) September 8, 2021
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Despite that, Gasly, who recently said he thought there was more to being overlooked than just results, is struggling to understand why he is not given another chance in the Red Bull.
“I’ve had the best season since Toro Rosso and AlphaTauri started in Formula 1 15 years ago,” Gasly told Canal Plus. “I’m not being rewarded for that.
“On the one hand it’s sad and a little frustrating, but on the other it’s just the way it is. There are things that are beyond my control.
“Apparently they prefer to continue with Pérez. When I see his performance, especially at Zandvoort, where he was knocked out in Q1 and then finished eighth, a lap behind his team-mate and still became Driver of the Day…I don’t understand that.
“It is what it is. I have no control over it and I can only focus on what I can influence myself. It only helps me if I do my best for the team and myself.
“I’m sure it will be worth it in the future because I’ll get a chance in a top team some day.”
Gasly’s one podium finish so far this season was in the race Perez won, ending up third in Azerbaijan.