AlphaTauri have named an unchanged line=up for 2022 F1 season after retaining Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda.
Gasly will stay with AlphaTauri for a third full season after having returned to the team in summer 2019 following a poor stint at Red Bull, with this spell bringing success after the Frenchman clinched his maiden win at 2020 Italian Grand Prix.
Speaking about the decision to stay with AlphaTauri despite briefly being linked with a move to Alpine and Williams for 2022 earlier this year, Gasly admitted that he is “very happy” to stay with the team that he first joined in 2017 when competing under their former Toro Rosso name,
Gasly also spoke of feeling buoyed by AlphaTauri’s performances this season as the team prepares for next season’s technical regulation revamp, as he said: Seeing the performance we’ve shown so far this season, I think there are great things to achieve for the rest of this season and for next year, especially with the upcoming changes to the championship in 2022.”
Looking ahead to 2022, Gasly revealed that he is “very excited” about what he and AlphaTauri can seek to “accomplish” together as he looks to push further up the grid.
Tsunoda meanwhile has enjoyed a solid if unspectacular rookie season in 2021 and has now been handed a second season, where he is expected to impress given that Red Bull juniors – Juri Vips and Liam Lawson are chasing his seat for 2023.
Speaking about his contract renewal, Tsunoda said: “I’m really excited to be staying with Scuderia AlphaTauri for a second season. It’s an incredible opportunity and I’m so thankful to the team for letting me continue to grow my experience in Formula 1 with them.”
Tsunoda went on to praise Gasly for being a great teammate after the pair formed “a very good relationship”, in which the Frenchman has assisted in Tsunoda’s driver development by sharing his experiences with the 21 year-old happy to continue his “F1 journey” with Gasly and the team.
AlphaTauri Team Principal, Franz Tost meanwhile is “pleased” to retain Gasly and Tsunoda with particular praise for the former, as he praised the Frenchman for his “impressive” development within the team since first arriving in 2017 as he now sits eighth in the current drivers’ standings.
Tost also echoed Tsunoda’s comments about Gasly, saying: “Furthermore, he is using his experience in F1 to help Yuki with his development. This year we have seen that the positive relationship between the two, made of a competitiveness on-track and a friendship off-track, has proven effective for the team.”
The 65 year-old boss also spoke about Tsunoda’s progress as he revealed that engineer “feedback” has been positive with Tsunoda “absorbing all the information given to him and improving,”
Tsunoda though lies 13th in the standings but Tost has iterated that the Japanese youngster is only at the start of his F1 career, warning: “As a rookie, Yuki is only at the beginning of this journey, so it’s good that he can continue what we’ve started together.”