“Definitely Going to Miss Yuki”: Teary Pierre Gasly Consoles Mourning Fans Over Tsunoda Split With Firm Promise

Published 10/08/2022, 5:50 AM EDT

The silly season takes yet another turn before the next season begins. This time, it’s French driver Pierre Gasly joining the French team Alpine. The Frenchman will drive alongside countryman Esteban Ocon from 2023 onwards as he signs a multi-year deal with the new team.

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Gasly announced his decision to leave AlphaTauri and the Red Bull family in a statement ahead of the Japanese GP. “I am delighted to join the Alpine family and begin this new chapter in my Formula 1 career,” said Gasly. “Driving for a team that has French roots is something very special.”

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Talking about roots, the news comes ahead of the home race of his Japanese teammate Yuki Tsunoda. Gasly is joining a team with a lot of French influence. However, Gasly is still sad to be leaving his Japanese friend behind with whom he’s formed an unbreakable bond.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 20, 2022 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during a press conference REUTERS/Nacho Doce

When asked about how he feels leaving Tsunoda behind, Gasly gave a heartfelt and honest reply.

“He feels like a little brother and over the past two years, we’ve lived a lot of good moments together. I’ve seen him developing himself, improving himself a lot. It’s not going to be easy for sure. — Definitely going to miss Yuki. Definitely going to miss his no-filter behavior,” replied Gasly.

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Every driver needs to be selfish and put themselves first. However, Gasly is leaving a door open for his relationship with Tsunoda despite the move.

Pierre Gasly admits he is trying to keep Yuki Tsunoda close despite his move to Alpine

Gasly admitted he will miss his teammate. However, he is not calling it quits with Tsunoda and is counting on maintaining his relationship with a little effort.

In the same interview, Gasly revealed, “I’m sure we’ll have time off track. I’m trying to get him closer to Milan so we can live not to far from each other.”

The ending of this partnership, however, is leaving fans feeling a certain way.

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Tweets of “child of divorce” flood Twitter as the fans mourn the separation of the AlphaTauri pair.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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