F1: A thunderclap takes shape for Pierre Gasly
While the CRB (Contract Recognition Board) has still not rendered its verdict on the situation of Oscar Piastri, who has a contract with Alpine, but also with McLaren, the French team anticipates possible bad news. With this in mind, Alpine’s priority to replace Fernando Alonso is Pierre Gasly, who would form a 100% tricolor duo with Esteban Ocon.
It’s the burning file that shakes the paddock in Formula 1. After the announcement of Fernando Alonso to leave Alpine to join Aston Martin next season, the French team immediately reacted by formalizing the arrival ofOscar Piastri to replace the double world champion in 2023. However, the Australian rider dropped a bombshell when he revealed he had signed absolutely nothing with Alpine for next year. And for good reason, in the same, he would have engaged with McLaren where he would replace his compatriot Daniel Ricciardo. For the moment, however, it is impossible to say in which tub will be Oscar Piastri until the CRB (Contract Recognition Board) has settled the dispute. However, Alpine is aware of the risk and scans the market to find a new driver. And in the last days, it’s the name of Pierre Gasly which keeps coming back.
Red Bull does not close any doors for Gasly…
Still under contract with Red Bull for 2023, Pierre Gasly planned to pilot a new season for Alpha Tauri. Nevertheless, his future within the galaxy Red Bull seems clogged considering that Max Verstappen, under contract until 2028, is obviously untouchable while Sergio Pérez is tied to the Austrian team for another two seasons. In front of this situation, Christian Horner therefore did not rule out any hypothesis for Pierre Gasly. ” For us, of course, Pierre is still a driver under contract with Red Bull Racing until the end of next season. But of course we have a contract with Checo [Perez] for the next two years and Max is signed long-term. You have to see what can happen for Pierre in the right circumstances “, assured the boss of Red Bull which does not rule out the possibility of freeing Pierre Gasly.
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… which is close to Alpine!
And according to information from THE TEAM, Pierre Gasly would get closer to Alpine where he would form a duo of 100% French pilots with Esteban Ocon. Helmut Markoresponsible for the young pilots sector Red Bullassured that he would not oppose the departure of the winner of Monza in 2020, especially if he can recover Colton Herta for Alpha Tauri. But the young American from IndyCar has a contract with McLaren and Zak Brown. Consequently, it is a hell of a game of musical chairs that is taking place. If the contract ofOscar Piastri at the house of McLaren is validated by the contract office, this should unlock everything in stride.
“I don’t really want to comment too much”
And these last days, Pierre Gasly decided on his future. ” I feel ready for a top-level team? Yes, now I’m much more complete, I think I’ve shown that with a mid-range car I’m able to progress and get good results, and with all due respect to Alpha Tauri, there will always be a gap with a top team “, he assured before being relaunched on the interest ofAlpine : “ For now, I don’t really want to comment too much because I haven’t seen anything yet. Obviously I just finished qualifying and probably the most important thing is just to perform with the car I have, and then we’ll see the rest. Anyway, it is more and more likely that a duo of 100% French drivers will be aligned at the wheel of a French single-seater.