Rosberg Gives His Verdict on Gasly Partnering Verstappen in 2022 at Red Bull F1

Published 07/09/2021, 2:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Having a strong teammate can be a gift and a curse, a notable example is when Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen were teammates back in 2019. Gasly was not able to deal with the dominance of Verstappen and hence was demoted to their second team, AlphaTauri.


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But, it seems like the Frenchman has found his mojo back as he bagged three podiums and a win for the team. Hence, 2016 world champion, Nico Rosberg thinks that it was the mentality at Red Bull that didn’t allow him to unlock his full potential.

Rosberg feels Max Verstappen was Gasly’s weakness at his time at Red Bull


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As quoted from, Rosberg said, “You mustn’t forget that it’s mentally a different situation now. He no longer has Max Verstappen at his side in the same car.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“Who knows, maybe that was the problem he couldn’t cope with mentally? To have such a strong teammate,” the German concluded. (Translated from German via Google translate)

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The Frenchman is hoping for a second shot at Red Bull

Gasly’s first stint at the Milton-Keynes-based outfit wasn’t a memorable one, as he failed to bring crucial points for the team. Hence he found himself at Toro Rosso (AlphaTauri) midway through the 2019 season.

However, showing that he has the talent and the skill to be behind the wheel, Gasly is hoping to be called back to the team for a chance at redemption.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

He said, “You have to have the will. It’s there on my side. I want a competitive car with which I can fight for podiums, wins and the World Cup. I’m sure that we will talk about my future in the coming weeks and months. Whether at Red Bull, AlphaTauri or elsewhere.”

“I’m doing my best to make them realize that I deserve this cockpit. Not many other drivers have achieved three podiums in a midfield car,” he concluded.

Do you think we will ever see the Frenchman back in a Red Bull in the coming years? As it seems, he has found his winning ways. Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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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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