Pierre Gasly told to ‘use his own wings’ and fly away from Red Bull

Michelle Foster
Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly during the Canadian Grand Prix. Montreal, June 2022.

Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly during the Canadian Grand Prix. Montreal, June 2022.

Pierre Gasly has been urged by Jean-Eric Vergne to leave the Red Bull family, the former Toro Rosso driver believing Alpine could the “right team” for him.

A month ago it was believed Gasly was locked in at AlphaTauri for next season with Helmut Marko insisting there was no exit clause for the driver then, and there wouldn’t be one after the summer break.

But now it seems Marko and Red Bull are open to saying goodbye to the driver for the right price.

According to reports Alpine are keen to sign the 26-year-old as Fernando Alonso’s replacement, giving up on their first choice of Oscar Piastri.

 

 

His future will be decided by F1’s Contract Recognition Board, who are expected to make a ruling later this week.

But even if Alpine win, it is being speculated that he will still race for McLaren with the Woking paying Alpine compensation as they have backed Piastri’s junior career.

That money will then make its way to Red Bull to release Gasly.

Former Red Bull-backed driver Vergne believes that would be the right choice for the Frenchman.

“I really like Pierre, and know him quite well,” he said on Sky F1’s Any Driven Monday.

“I think what he has shown over the past two years has been nothing but impressive and… there is no room for him at Red Bull, he has to move away at some point to start using his own wings to fly.

“I think Alpine could be the right team for him.”

There is one down side to Gasly joining Alpine and that’s his relationship with Esteban Ocon as the two long-time rivals don’t like each other.

Vergne says they’ll just have to deal with that, and put their childhood rivalry behind them.

“I’m not sure he is best friends with Esteban Ocon but that’s okay,” he said.

“At the end of the day you are a professional driver, you are paid by a team, you represent the brand and at the end of the day you are racing for yourself.

“I’m pretty sure the team can handle two French drivers even if apparently they don’t like each other so much but water under the bridge, a lot of things happen.

“You race for a team but you also race for yourself, and I’m sure they understand that and it is what it is. “They can make the best out of it.”

Ocon was asked about the Gasly rumours at Spa and says if it comes to it, he can work with his compatriot.