Continuing to thicken since last week, when we revealed this track favored by Alpine, the hypothesis of a departure of Pierre Gasly to join the French team is further strengthened this Friday. In the Zandvoort paddock, Helmut Marko did not dodge the question and confirmed the existence of negotiations. Red Bull has set its conditions to release the French driver from his last year of contract with AlphaTauri, but they « are not yet fulfilled » by the Enstone structure.
« I said that we had a valid contract for 2023, but at the same time, there are discussions »acknowledges Red Bull’s special adviser to Sky Germany. « If our conditions are met, we won’t stand in the way of Gasly. It would be a dream come true for him to drive for a French factory team. But not all the conditions are met yet. »
Red Bull is therefore indeed working on a scenario without Pierre Gasly within the AlphaTauri team in 2023. A team in which the Frenchman is to date the only confirmed one, which is not the case of Yuki Tsunoda for a possible third season in Faenza. “We have already thought about it”assures Helmut Marko as to the follow-up to be given for his Italian team. « But we don’t want to announce it yet. We have people in the Junior Team who have the Super Licence. »
Because Red Bull favors the internal track, while taking an interest in the one leading to Colton Herta, now engaged in IndyCar but also linked to McLaren… who has just definitely secured the services of Oscar Piastri. « We’re not there yet either »delays Helmut Marko. « But America is an important market. We followed all that closely, if we are talking about the same person. He has already tested in Formula 1, he has been good. I don’t want to get into the details. Let’s see how things develop. »
On the other hand, the possibility of recruiting Mick Schumacher, on the departure of the Ferrari Driver Academy, is clearly not topical in the bosom of Austria: « No, it’s not a subject for us. He is, or was, a Ferrari junior. That’s why we never dealt with Mick Schumacher. We have our own program. We obviously prefer people from back home . »
With Christian Nimmervoll