AlphaTauri Boss Relieved Pierre Gasly Wasn’t Taken Away by Red Bull F1 for 2021

Published 02/26/2021, 12:10 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 6, 2020 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly celebrates winning the Italian Grand Prix on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Red Bull promoted Pierre Gasly from their junior team after Daniel Ricciardo left towards the end of 2019. However, the Frenchman failed to keep up with Max Verstappen’s speed and Red Bull’s expectations. Following a string of low performances, the team demoted him back to AlphaTauri.

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However, the very next year in 2020, Gasly had his redemption. He claimed his first career win at the Italian Grand Prix. Franz Tost, AlphaTauri team boss explains whether the Frenchman will have another chance to advance.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 6, 2020 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly celebrates winning the Italian Grand Prix on the podium Miguel Medina/Pool via REUTERS

“Believing does not mean knowing. That’s why I’m careful there. Pierre is definitely a super good driver. At the moment I’m just happy that it wasn’t taken away from us. We are very well positioned with our pairing,” explained the team boss.

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Tost pegs Pierre Gasly as one of the best F1 drivers

Since his demotion from Red Bull, Gasly has displayed tremendous strength. After claiming a P2 position at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix and his first Formula 1 win at the team’s home race, Tost reckons Gasly has shown some star power.

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“I reckon Pierre is one of the strongest drivers in F1 nowadays. Pierre’s good technical understanding allows him to get the best out of the car. Pierre has been with the team for some time now so he is familiar with all procedures and with our way of working,” said Tost.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

The team is landing on the grid with Gasly and the young F2 sensation, Yuki Tsunoda. Tost believes the 20-year-old Japanese driver will also learn a lot from Gasly’s improvement and leadership position within the team.

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AlphaTauri will try to make the most of their momentum from last season and hope to climb the Championship table higher. Do you believe the Italian team will see itself atop the podium again this season?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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