Marko Reveals His Intention to Retain ALL FOUR Red Bull & AlphaTauri F1 Drivers for 2022

Published 07/29/2021, 6:49 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat


Teams in F1 usually have control over the decisions made by two outfits – the head team as well as the sister team. And Red Bull are no different. Their sister team, AlphaTauri, usually functions as a training ground for their academy drivers who debut in F1. As a result, they have control, to some extent, over the latter’s driver lineup.

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Given that the 2021 season is almost reaching it’s midway point, driver lineups for next year are a big question right now. But not for Red Bull, as Dr. Helmut Marko has stated that they want to retain all four of their drivers for 2022.

While their prodigy, Max Verstappen has put pen to paper till 2024, the Milton-Keynes-based outfit are now looking to extend Sergio Perez‘s contract for 2022.

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Down at AlphaTauri, rookie driver Yuki Tsunoda will also have seat secured for 2022. Pierre Gasly, on the other hand, has been rumored to switch teams but is likely to stay put.

Marko confirms that Red Bull will retain all their drivers for 2022

Speaking to RTL, Marko said, “We should be ready to announce our driver pairings for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri. In principle we want to maintain the existing pairings. But that takes time, because we include all relevant facts.”

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez REUTERS/Yves Herman

Despite Tsunoda making rookie mistakes regularly, Marko is looking to retain the Japanese driver, saying “something will come of” his move to Italy.

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How are their drivers doing this season?

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The Milton-Keynes-based outfit are leading the constructor’s championship due to the performance of Verstappen and Perez. The Dutch driver has bagged five wins for the team while his Mexican teammate has clinched one win in Azerbaijan and a podium in France.

In the sister team, Gasly has managed to secure a podium by coming third in Baku, and Tsunoda has had his best result in the opening round in Bahrain where he placed ninth.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly celebrates with team members after finishing in third place Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The season still has a long way to go, and all their drivers have had great progress this season. Hence, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see them behind the wheel next year as well.

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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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