AlphaTauri has confirmed that Pierre Gasly will remain with the team for the 2023 season, ending speculation that the Frenchman could leave for new pastures at the end of this season.
After confirmation that Sergio Perez would remain with Red Bull until 2024, thus blocking Gasly’s route back to the team he raced 12 races for in 2019, Gasly was open about wanting talks with Red Bull’s motorsport adviser Dr. Helmut Marko about where his own future lay.
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But with team principal Franz Tost declaring in Canada it was “100% confirmed” that Gasly would remain with AlphaTauri for 2023, this is now being confirmed by the team on Friday morning, with Tost saying: “We are very happy to confirm that Pierre will remain. with us in 2023. He is definitely one of the best and most competitive drivers in F1 and has proven his abilities throughout all the time he has spent with us.
“Pierre can undoubtedly play an important role in the team that will have a successful season next year and it is up to us to provide him with a competitive car so that he can continue to deliver excellent results.”
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Gasly made his F1 debut with the team, then known as Toro Rosso, at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix, and went on to take three podium finishes with the squad, including his win at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.
Speaking about the new deal, Gasly said: “I’ve been with this team for five years now and I’m proud of the journey we’ve taken together and the progress we’ve made. I am happy to stay with my Scuderia AlphaTauri team.
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“This year’s new regulations have presented us with new challenges and it is a good foundation for the future to plan our development with the team for the next 18 months.”
It wasn’t the easiest start to Gasly’s 2022 campaign, the Frenchman is currently 11th in the standings with 16 points – while last year was Gasly’s first in F1, where he took over 100 points.