AlphaTauri have announced that Pierre Gasly will remain with the team for the 2021 Formula One season.
Having re-joined the team in August 2019 following his demotion from Red Bull, Gasly has impressed with a win at Monza this season after claiming second at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Speaking on his decision to remain at Alpha Tauri despite a potential vacancy opening up at Red Bull, Gasly said; “I’m extremely happy to continue with Scuderia AlphaTauri for another season!”
On wanting to continue pushing the team forward, Gasly admitted that he is prepared to put in the effort to achieve further success, saying; “I’ll do my maximum to push the team and take all my responsibility to bring it as far forward as I can.
“I’m looking forward to next year’s challenge and continuing with AlphaTauri both as a premium fashion brand and a racing team, to keep performing as much as I can to achieve even more success in the future.”
AlphaTauri Team Principal, Franz Tost is “delighted” to retain Gasly for next season as he praised the Frenchman for his performances since returning to the team midway through last season, saying; “Since he came back to the team last year, he consistently showed extremely good performances achieving two podiums, with a second place in Brazil in 2019 and a win at the team’s home race [2020 Italian GP].
Tost in particular spoke of Gasly’s “great race craft” and desire to be “always motivated” which has seen him “extracting the car’s potential at every race and giving valuable feedback to his engineers.”
What does Gasly’s Announcement Mean For Red Bull?
Now that Gasly is confirmed at AlphaTauri for 2021, questions will now switch to Red Bull as Alex Albon’s future remains in doubt with a return to AlphaTauri now thought to be likely, which would open the door for Red Bull to sign either Sergio Perez or Nico Hulkenberg to partner Max Verstappen next season.
Even if Albon is dropped at Red Bull, it is however not certain that he could remain in Formula One with Alpha Tauri because Honda junior and Formula Two driver, Yuki Tsunoda is also thought to be in the frame to partner Gasly if he can acquire a FIA Super License following a impressive rookie season in F2 with two wins to sit third in the championship with two rounds left of the season.
Either way, this piece in the Red Bull and AlphaTauri jigsaw is significant because Gasly’s commitment to AlphaTauri for 2021 shows that Red Bull could be looking elsewhere, whilst we are still none the wiser at present as to who could partner Gasly next season at AlphaTauri.