Pierre Gasly Issues 2022 Ultimatum to Red Bull Amid Interest From F1 Teams

Published 07/08/2021, 12:15 PM 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


Pierre Gasly is one of the bright lights of the ongoing F1 season. Since his demotion from Red Bull midway through the 2019 season, the Frenchman has been impeccable with AlphaTauri. Over the course of two seasons, Gasly has three podium finishes to his name which includes his famous win in Monza last year.

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Ahead of the British Grand Prix, the 25-year-old believes the time to discuss his future with Helmut Marko is coming soon.

Pierre Gasly looks to get clarity for 2022

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Despite his stunning form, Gasly is unclear when it comes to a seat in 2022. While his contract with AlphaTauri expires at the end of this season, options are running out for the Frenchman thick and fast.

Although Gasly‘s first stint with Red Bull in 2019 was a disaster, his performances since then may make him a frontrunner to return next year. However, he faces stiff competition in Sergio Perez, who is making the most of his opportunities in a championship-contending car this year.

Ahead of the British Grand Prix, Gasly admitted he hopes to talk to Red Bull advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko sooner rather than later. The Frenchman believes the Austrian is the only one who can help clarify his future in F1.

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

He said“To be fair I have no idea at the moment, it’s something that we are going to talk with Red Bull and with Helmut [Marko] especially. I don’t know what’s the will of Helmut and what’s – whether they want to take me back, whether they want me to stay in AlphaTauri, whether they’re willing to release me to another team.”

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The 25-year-old’s performances at AlphaTauri clearly make him one of the most sought after drivers on the grid. Hence, Gasly didn’t hold back in admitting other teams approached him for a seat in 2022. “Yes, [there is] interest; I’m trying my best, showing my potential, giving my best with AlphaTauri and I think what we are doing at the moment is very good,” said Gasly.

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However, the Frenchman admitted his focus remains getting the best results this season. “I really hope this year we can get the best result in the team championship for the team, the best ever since the team joined in Formula 1. That’s my goal personally and then yes, we’ll see going forward what are the most attractive options that we have.

“Ultimately it goes down to Red Bull and yeah discussing with them what do we together going forward.”

Will it be Red Bull, AlphaTauri or even another team for the Rouen-born driver in 2022? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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