last October, Alpine to formalize the coming of Pierre Gasly togetherEsteban Ocon for the 2023 Formula 1 season. He was undermined by many unexpected shortcomings of his supporters Oscar Piastre and veteran Fernando AlonsoEnstone’s design had to find plan C for its second basin.
This plan C is therefore Pierre Gasly, and this may be a surprise, because Alpha Tauri had formalized the presence of the French in it for the 2023 season four months earlier. At the same time, the situation has changed, and if Red Bull has agreed, it seems it is not only a matter of financial compensation.
It is known that Gasly no longer saw his future with the cow brand, as the latter did not plan to return him to the parent team after the failed experience of 2019, despite the amazing performances in AlphaTauri. . Therefore, according to the director of the small Scuderia, Red Bull has done a favor to its pilot by allowing him to take advantage, thus ensuring his future in the elite.
“That’s why Red Bull decided to release him from his contract”Franz Tost told The Race. “Red Bull decided not to take him. And Pierre wanted to join another team. Because of all these changes – the retirement of Vettel, the transfer of Alonso to Aston Martin – the seat at Alpine was free.”
Pierre Gasly and Franz Tost embrace before the Frenchman’s final race at AlphaTauri
“Red Bull was a good player in letting him go to Alpine. It was clear to me, because otherwise there would have been a very big risk that he wouldn’t have had a seat for 2024. All the wheels would have been taken. It’s not easy [d’accepter le départ de Gasly]but at the end of the day, I think it’s a fair decision.”
Chances could be limited for Gasly without this opening in Alpine: Ferrari and Mercedes do not seem to be about to change drivers and have many young wolves, McLaren has just bet on Piastri and important. Lando NorrisAston Martin employed Alonso with the indestructible Walking the Lance…Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams are not really top choices.
“We have a good relationship”, A toast is added. “And of course I was disappointed, because I thought he would stay with us until the end of 2023. But with all these circumstances, I realized that it was pointless. [de le garder]. Otherwise, the risk was too great that he would no longer have a good chance in F1.”
And in Faenza, we will have to recover from this departure, Gasly being replaced Nyck de Vriesa year his senior but who will however play for the first time in the first class of motorsport. “We are losing an experienced driver who has brought a lot of success to the team, who has helped build it. It will be a loss. There is no doubt about that,” concluded the Toast.