Gasly: ‘Still quite early’ for Red Bull to decide on 2022 plans

Pierre Gasly believes it is “still quite early” for a decision about his Formula 1 plans for 2022, saying his future is “in the hands of Red Bull”.

Gasly: ‘Still quite early’ for Red Bull to decide on 2022 plans

Alpine announced on Wednesday that Gasly’s compatriot, Esteban Ocon, had signed a new three-year contract that will keep him with the team until the end of the 2024 season.

Current AlphaTauri driver Gasly had been linked with a possible move to Alpine, given his status as France’s only grand prix winner in the past 25 years and the team’s strong national identity.

But a move for Gasly was explicitly ruled out by Alpine in the weeks leading up to Ocon’s announcement, which sewed up the team’s plans for next season.

Gasly has been one of F1’s top performers since his return to Red Bull’s sister team after his 12-race stint with the senior squad in 2019, winning last year’s Italian Grand Prix and scoring two further podiums, the latest coming two weeks ago in Azerbaijan.

Speaking ahead of his home grand prix at Paul Ricard this weekend, Gasly felt there was no rush to make a decision about his future, but said the decision where to place him lay with Red Bull.

"My future, I think it’s still quite early,” Gasly said.

“On my side, things are in the hands of Red Bull. At the end of the day, it will be up to them to make the decision whether we continue together, continue with AlphaTauri, with Red Bull, or other options.

“It’s something that at the moment we haven’t really talked yet. I guess we will see in the coming weeks and the coming months what we want to do.”

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

Photo by: Evgeniy Safronov

Gasly has raced under the Red Bull umbrella since his junior days, and was brought into F1 in 2017 by the energy drink giant to race for Toro Rosso, which later became AlphaTauri.

Gasly was promoted to the senior Red Bull squad for the 2019 season before being demoted to Toro Rosso midway through the year. His seat was taken by Alexander Albon, who in turn was replaced by Sergio Perez for this season.

Read Also:

Perez signed an initial one-year contract with Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen, and has won praise for his performances, notably winning in Azerbaijan.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner felt that Perez was “ahead of expectations” so far with the team, but added there was no rush to begin talks about a new deal.

AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost recently spoke of his desire to keep Gasly on board for 2022, believing the team could become increasingly competitive and give him more of a chance to fight at the front.

"I hope that he stays with us,” said Tost. “We'll see now with the cost cap if we can provide him with a competitive, proper car.

“And then there's no reason than to change. And it's anyway a decision from Red Bull, who is driving.”

shares
comments

Related video

Alpine: "Worrying" if F1 teams were playing tricks with tyre pressures
Previous article

Alpine: "Worrying" if F1 teams were playing tricks with tyre pressures

Next article

Hamilton: Pirelli not to blame for Baku F1 tyre blowouts

Hamilton: Pirelli not to blame for Baku F1 tyre blowouts
Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

A testing return to the Singapore Grand Prix in tricky conditions created plenty of hazards and mistakes for the Formula 1 drivers to fall into. That partly explains a number of low scores, including from a handful of high profile runners, allowing others to take a starring role under the floodlights

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in F1's 2022 Singapore GP Plus

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in F1's 2022 Singapore GP

In a marathon Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez’s victory was only assured hours after the race due to a stewards investigation. Throughout the contest the Red Bull driver impressively held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in changing conditions to see the Mexican pull out enough of an advantage to negate his post-race penalty

The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams Plus

The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams

What happens, asks MATT KEW, if the old adage of win on a Sunday, sell on a Monday is no longer true for F1 manufacturers?

Formula 1
Oct 2, 2022
Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie? Plus

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie?

The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old

Formula 1
Sep 30, 2022
The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver Plus

The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver

Formula 1's incoming engine rules shake-up has multiple targets. But it may also solve what has been a bone of contention since the hybrids arrived in 2014. The new plan will allow the series to pump up the volume

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022
How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance Plus

How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance

Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022
Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment? Plus

Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment?

The Singapore Grand Prix has, explains BEN EDWARDS, played an important role in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 career. As the series returns to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time in three years, he faces the latest challenge with an underperforming Mercedes car

Formula 1
Sep 28, 2022
Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals Plus

Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals

Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2022