Pierre Gasly Fires Shot at Red Bull as Sergio Perez Receives F1 Contract Extension

Published 01/12/2022, 5:58 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


Red Bull Racing may have found a treasure in Max Verstappen, who eventually ended up being their lead driver following the exit of Daniel Ricciardo in 2018.

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However, this minor change to the driver’s line-up opened a can of worms, as what followed was a rather horrible stint for anyone who found themselves taking over the second driver role.

The story of Red Bull & their dismal second driver luck

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It started with Pierre Gasly who, of course, earned the Red Bull seat after accomplishing a decent year at Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri). However, the moment he stepped into the Milton Keynes outfit, his career took a turn for the worst.

There were hardly any good days for the Frenchman, as he would persistently pull off poor performances which ultimately led Red Bull to make the tough decision of sending Gasly back to Toro Rosso and replace him with another fresh face in Alex Albon.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez celebrates third place after the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Guasco

Again, a similar story played out over Albon’s stint too, only with an excessive number of crashes and a mere podium finish. But, that isn’t enough to impress a championship-winning team like Red Bull, is it?

Well, then arrived their final replacement hope in Sergio Perez. Christian Horner and Dr. Helmut Marko chose to pick a driver from out of their programme for the first time in years, but, luckily for the optimistic duo, the Perez signing worked like a charm.

The Mexican managed to garner a total of 5 podiums including a race win at Baku. Also, not to forget, the game-changing defending that he managed to pull off in Istanbul and Abu Dhabi, which helped his teammate, Verstappen, win the championship title.

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Pierre Gasly fires shot at Perez

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Gasly has embraced a strong showing since his return to AlphaTauri. Not only has he finished in the points quite frequently but has also found himself on the podium occasionally. Hence, as reported by Motorsport, Gasly slammed the Austrian outfit for choosing Perez over him as Verstappen’s partner for the 2022 season.

Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing talk in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 24, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

When I compare myself to those who got the opportunity for a Red Bull seat, it’s disappointing. Based on the numbers and results, I have delivered a better performance,” he said.

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Overall, let’s hear it from you – Do you think Gasly deserved the second Red Bull seat over Perez?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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