Alpine Confirm Gasly ‘Not on the Cards’ for F1 Drive Beyond 2021

Published 05/21/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Pierre Gasly has been on a journey of sorts in Formula One. In the space of two years, he got promoted to Red Bull, demoted to AlphaTauri, and became the first French race winner in 24 years in Monza last season.

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With an upturn in his form, there’s been talk of the Frenchman moving to a different team. One such rumor had him joining Alpine F1 in 2022. Alpine F1’s CEO, Laurent Rossi, provided an update on their driver situation.

Pierre Gasly move not in Alpine’s plans, according to CEO Rossi

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After an impressive 2020, which included a race win in Monza, many believed Pierre Gasly would regain his Red Bull seat in 2021. However, that seat went to Sergio Perez in the wake of his impressive season with Racing Point.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

In recent days, links of Gasly moving to Alpine have been rife. However, Alpine’s CEO, Laurent Rossi, cleared the air on their stance with Gasly.

“We’re not looking at any drivers for next year,” said Rossi. “Pierre is obviously a great driver of value, but at the moment, this is not on the cards, I would say.”

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Rossi stressed on how keen Alpine were to retain Esteban Ocon in 2022. This season, Ocon picked up from where he left off after 2020, outscoring his experienced teammate, Fernando Alonso.

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With a good run of form, Rossi believes Ocon is definitely in the French team’s plans for 2022. He said, “Esteban is doing everything to make me consider keeping him in the team. I would be remiss if I didn’t think about it.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

“At the moment, I’m considering obviously Esteban as we mentioned earlier on, [and] Fernando is here next year with us. So if we want to carry on on the momentum we have, we’ll do that.”

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With the door to Alpine shut, Gasly’s future now has one path blocked off. However, the silly season in the driver’s market is yet to unfold. What new opportunities lie ahead for the 25-year-old? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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