Let’s take a look at what’s going on at Red Bull first.
Promoted to Red Bull from Toro Rosso for the 2019 season, Pierre Gasly did not convince in the structure of Milton Keynes and was demoted to the Italian team from mid-season. Since his return to Faenza, whose stable is now named AlphaTauri, it displays a constant level of performance with some flashes of light, like its three podiums, including one victory over the last two years.
For the 2021 season, after 11 GP, the Frenchman is by far the biggest provider of AlphaTauri points, with 50 units to his credit out of the 68 collected in total by the team. In spite of a form which does not deny itself, it however seems unlikely at the present time that Gasly will be able to find a seat alongside Max Verstappen in 2022, even if the one-year contract of Sergio Perez has not yet been officially extended.
Asked about his future, Gasly himself admitted that he expected to « see what’s going on » at Red Bull, with the hope of having answers before the season resumes for Belgium at the end of August. « I think it’s pretty clear from my side, it’s in the hands of Red Bull », said the pilot at number 10.
“Max is signed for next year in the main squad, I think Sergio has a one-year contract, so we’ll see what happens there and then what we’re going to do together. under contract with them for a little longer, and I’m pretty confident that I will get answers at some point during the summer break, or after the summer break. «
In any case, on the side of the management of AlphaTauri, Franz Tost is inclined to keep his current line-up for 2022, continuing to offer more and more responsibilities to Gasly as leader of the team. If he appreciates this privileged position, the winner of the Italian GP recognizes that any driver « always wants to be in the best car » when the opportunity arises.
“I think they want a leader at AlphaTauri to push the team forward and really try to move them forward, and I think there’s a great working relationship now and a real drive to move the team forward. ‘Team. Obviously as a driver you always want to be in the best car and fight for the best position, and that’s what we’re discussing. «
“But at the end of the day, I’m just focusing on performance weekend after weekend, race after race, and showing my potential. It’s in their hands, if they want me to go up. grade or if they’re happy with the duo they have, and it depends on how Sergio performs, and how they plan for AlphaTauri’s future. We discuss a lot of things. Things are going well, but at the moment there is no more answer than that. But I expect more news in the coming weeks. «