Christian Horner Gives a Promising Update on Pierre Gasly’s Future in F1

Published 09/21/2021, 5:18 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Red Bull have confirmed that Sergio Perez will continue to drive for them in the 2022 season. The decision to continue was a bit of a surprise, as some thought that the Austrian team might consider giving another chance to Pierre Gasly. While that didn’t turn out to be true, team principal Christian Horner has revealed that the Frenchman is still a part of their plans.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The AlphaTauri driver had a tough time on his first outing at the Red Bull team in 2019. They dropped him midway through the season as his performances were way behind teammate Max Verstappen.

WATCH STORY: Top 5 wins of Max Verstappen’s F1 career

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

I would never rule it out: Christian Horner

As reported by Formula Passion, the Red Bull team boss mentioned that the performances of the Frenchman have impressed him at AlphaTauri. He also stated that despite not offering him the driver at the big team, he will not rule out a move in the future.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly walks the circuit with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“I would never rule it out,” said Horner.

“He‘s driving very well, he’s young, and he’s doing a great job. For 2023 (the year in which Perez’s contract will expire) we are evaluating various options. 

Pierre has done an exceptional job over the past two years at AlphaTauri and his and the team’s aspirations continue to grow. As long as he stays there, he remains a Red Bull Racing driver,” continued the Red Bull team boss.

DIVE DEEPER

Can F1 Teams Have 3 Drivers?

10 months ago

Red Bull team boss gives an update on the young prospects of the academy

Red Bull have nurtured many drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, and Max Verstappen. They have gone on to become race winners in their own rights.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Horner mentioned that the Red Bull Young Driver academy is currently filled with talented drivers in junior formula categories.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“We have Liam Lawson and Juri Vips in Formula 2, without forgetting Dennis Haugher in Formula 3 and an interesting American like Jack Crawford. We have a very good junior program,” said Christian.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Pierre Gasly has picked up two podiums since his return to AlphaTauri from Red Bull. He had put in consistent performances for the Italian team and even won a race with them last season.

Does Gasly Gasly deserve another shot at Red Bull? Let us know.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Devang Chauhan

452 articles

Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT