Former F1 Driver Believes Pierre Gasly’s Red Bull Dream Is Finished for Good

Published 12/17/2020, 2:35 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly celebrates winning the Italian Grand Prix on the podium with the trophy |REUTERS


Pierre Gasly had an outstanding 2020 season. He moved back to Alpha Tauri from Red Bull after a tough 2019 season and regained the lost reputation by recording his first-ever Formula 1 race win at Monza.

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To see Gasly on the top of the podium was one of the most exciting moments of this season as he became the first French winner since Olivier Panis in 1996.

Pierre Gasly was picked by Red Bull to replace Daniel Ricciardo as the latter made a surprise move to Renault. However, Gasly failed to impress and did not last with the team as Alex Albon replaced him.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2020 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

However, Red Bull’s second driver problems still continue to hurt them as Albon showed sparks of brilliance but failed to impress overall in 2020. It is widely believed that the Red Bull seat is wide open.

Meanwhile, former F1 driver Karun Chandhok made his pick of the top-10 drivers in 2020. Karun picked Gasly as the sixth-best driver of the season and commented on a possible Red Bull comeback.

He said, “I cannot see him getting back to the main Red Bull team so I think he needs to use 2021 to build on the foundations of this year and launch himself into the driver market outside the Red Bull family.”

Pierre Gasly displayed incredible strength this season

The Red Bull debacle was really tough on the Frenchman and it must have taken a mental toll on him last year. However, Gasly pulled himself back up and managed an unprecedented race win to redeem himself.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 27, 2020 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Chandhok explained, “He is a lovely guy who has shown incredible mental strength after bouncing back from a very difficult 2019 where not only did his career look in tatters but he also lost his best friend in Anthoine Hubert.”

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“While Monza was obviously a one off, Pierre has well and truly beaten Daniil Kvyat and driven some great races, often with unconventional strategies, to rebuild his reputation,” he concluded.

Yuki Tsunoda will join Pierre Gasly in 2021. The young Japanese enters the team with an impressive record in racing.

Meanwhile, Pierre Gasly will look forward to out-qualifying his young teammate every weekend and could surprise the grid with another podium.

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Ayush Manjunath

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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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