In 2023 there will no longer be a French Grand Prix on the F1 calendar, but the Alpine team will print 100% tricolor. As anticipated for several weeks, the pilot Pierre Gasly has signed “for a few seasons” in favor of the Renault team. “I have been received by people who really want to work with me and it is mutualRejoices. They showed me how much they wanted to build the future with me. The fact that he is French is emotionally special…”
At 26, the Norman joins another Norman of the same age, Esteban Ocon. His arrival compensates for the departure of former Spanish world champion Fernando Alonso, who decided in early August to sign for Aston Martin, disrupting Alpine’s plans. After the incredible refusal of his reserve driver, the Australian Oscar Piastri, to take over despite an initial announcement to that effect from the French brand, another solution had to be found. And the marriage between Gasly and Alpine seemed obvious.
On the one hand, the team presents itself as one of the most successful and promising drivers in the field, who they know is immediately capable of scoring points. On the other hand, the pilot leaves a less efficient team, Alpha Tauri, for one of better caliber. If the 2021 season had been good for Pierre Gasly – 9me in the drivers’ standings, a podium and 110 points scored, his car is much less competitive this season. Five races from the end and before the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday October 9, he has added only 23 points and only has 13me place in the championship, often betrayed by reliability problems.
No more time to wait
But leaving Alpha Tauri was not such an easy decision to make as it meant leaving the Red Bull group. In fact, the Italian team is owned by the Austrian giant, whose team has Dutch world champion Max Verstappen in its ranks, is on course for a constructors’ title in 2022 and currently dominates F1. “It’s a real career choice and a very exciting transition. I’m closing a nine-year chapter with Red Bull.Gasly summarizes. It has been a long relationship with all my successes in the lower categories, these five years in F1 with the podiums and my victory [au Grand Prix d’Italie en septembre 2020]. »
Since his debut in Formula 1, in September 2017, inside the modest Toro Rosso, Pierre Gasly has gone through ups and downs, such as his only success in Monza, his promotion to Red Bull in 2019 and finally his demotion the following season. Blocked by the very probable future two-time world champion -Verstappen could be crowned this weekend in Japan- and by the extension of his partner Sergio Pérez (two years of contract until 2024), the young Frenchman has not had time to wait for another opportunity. .
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