Pierre Gasly Remains At AlphaTauri For 2023 F1 Season

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Pierre Gasly has signed a new one-year contract to remain at AlphaTauri for the 2023 F1 season.

Gasly graduated to F1 with the team in 2017 under their former name – Toro Rosso – and has since gone on to claim one win and two further podiums with AlphaTauri following a failed spell at Red Bull in the first half of 2019 season.

Speaking about his “happy” decision to stay at AlphaTauri next season amidst rumours linking him to a drive elsewhere, Gasly said: “I have been with this team for five years now and I am proud of the journey we’ve been through together and the progress we have made.

“I’m happy to remain with my Scuderia AlphaTauri team.”

This season though has seen Gasly struggle for results with just three top-ten finishes in the opening nine races, as he sits 11th in the driver standings with 16 points.

The Frenchman however believes that this new contract will be of benefit moving forward with 18 months to focus on development, as he added: “This year’s new regulations have created new challenges for us and being able to plan our development with the team for the next 18 months is a good working basis for the future.”

AlphaTauri Team Principal, Franz Tost added that he is “really pleased” to retain Gasly’s services for another season.

With Red Bull junior drivers like Liam Lawson and Ayumu Iwasa chasing a seat in F1, Tost justified the decision to keep Gasly as he commented: “He is definitely in the group of the best and most competitive drivers in F1 and has proven his abilities during all the time he has spent with us.”

Tost also addressed the team’s underperformance this season with just 27 points overall from nine races as he iterated that he believes that Gasly “… can play a major role in the team having a successful season next year and it will be down to us to provide him with a competitive car, so that he can continue to deliver excellent results.”

Confirmation of Gasly’s teammate for next season will be confirmed in due course as Yuki Tsunoda looks to retain his seat for a third consecutive season.

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