“As Fast as Verstappen” – Franz Tost Backs Pierre Gasly to Be as Good as the Red Bull Prodigy

Published 10/04/2021, 8:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


Many people consider Pierre Gasly an underrated driver in Formula One. Among these many people is the team Principal of AlphaTauri, Franz Tost. The French driver had a horrible stint with Red Bull and was dropped halfway through the season to make way for Alex Albon.

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However, in 2021 Gasly has shown his true pace, and proved his doubters wrong. Hence, Tost feels that his driver is as good as Red Bull’s prodigy, Max Verstappen.

AlphaTauri boss sees Pierre Gasly on the same levels as Max Verstappen

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When competing in Formula One, your greatest rival is your teammate. When Gasly was at Red Bull, he had a tough time battling Max, and soon he found himself at AlphaTauri. However, as time has passed, Gasly showed traits of an exceptional driver, and Tost feels he is capable of matching Verstappen.

Speaking to German TV channel Sport1 as quoted by Motorsport.com, Tost said, “Gasly may be as fast as Verstappen, but technically the lead driver for this team is Max.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Luca Bruno

“In other words, he sets the direction in the development of the car and everything is done exactly as he wishes. Therefore, the second driver in the team may have difficulties,” Tost concluded. (Translated from Turkish via Google)

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How is Gasly performing this season?

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The French driver has had a season full of ups and downs. However, the best result Gasly has achieved this year was at Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, where he placed third.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

As things stand now, Pierre finds himself in ninth place in the driver’s championship with sixty-six points under his belt. With a few more races to go before the end of the season, Gasly hopes to pick up the pace and seize some more points from himself and his colleagues at AlphaTauri.

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For now, the 26-year-old has his eyes focused on the upcoming Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul? What are your predictions for the French driver as he zips around the Istanbul Park? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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