McLaren, Alfa Romeo, All Ruled Out as Possible Destinations for Gasly by Marko Until 2023!

Published 08/08/2021, 1:51 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


With significant upheaval expected to hit the F1 drivers’ market soon, many expect Pierre Gasly to switch boats and leave the Red Bull Academy. However, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has revealed that the Frenchman will not leave the academy until the 2023. This also means he has two more years to impress the Austrian and receive his return ticket for the Red Bull seat, where he spent half of the 2019 season.

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Gasly made his F1 debut with Toro Rosso back in 2017. And after a series of outstanding performances, the Frenchman was promoted to Red Bull, teaming up with Max Verstappen. Unfortunately, Gasly struggled with the car, and after only 12 races, he was demoted back to Toro Rosso.

However, he has been impressive this season and has consistently scored for his team. And as the F1 season enters the summer break, there are plenty of rumors in the drivers’ market about Pierre Gasly leaving AlphaTauri next season, with McLaren, Alpine, and Alfa Romeo being the front runners for his signature.

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Pierre Gasly has two more years on his contract: Helmut Marko

During The Mike Hosking Breakfast podcast, when asked if Pierre Gasly looking for other options on the grid, notably with Alfa Romeo, Marko said, “First of all there is a contract which goes for two more years so I don’t know where these Alfa (Romeo) stories are coming from. Secondly, Alfa isn’t at the level like AlphaTauri is.”

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.

“We are looking at his progress very much. And within the next two years, we will make a decision whether he’ll be on the free market or we are considering taking him into Red Bull, because Perez is 31 years now, so he won’t be too long, I guess, in Red Bull Racing.”

Red Bull should consider signing Gasly again next season: Nico Rosberg

The 2016 world champion, Nico Rosberg, believes Red Bull should let Pierre Gasly drive their car next season. The Frenchman has had a great season with AlphaTauri so far and even secured a podium finish at Azerbaijan GP earlier this season.

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“The way he is performing at the moment, they should put him in the Red Bull next year. The problem is that they have this worry that he is maybe not able to deal with those pressure situations,” said the former Mercedes driver.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“In AlphaTauri at the moment, there is no pressure. His teammate is away from him. He can be a team leader in an easy way.”

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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