Pierre Gasly formally confirmed at AlphaTauri F1 for 2023 season

Although Gasly was under contract with AlphaTauri until the end of next year, news of Sergio Perez’s two-year contract with Red Bull raised questions about Gasly’s future, given his ambitions to return to the senior team in the future.

But AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost stressed last weekend in Canada that Gasly was “100% confirmed” to stay at Faenza next year, saying: “He has a valid contract.”

The team has now moved to officially announce that Gasly will remain for the 2023 season.

“The 26-year-old Frenchman has been with us since 2017 and this continuity will be a great asset as he has an excellent working relationship with his group of engineers and everyone on the team,” AlphaTauri said in a statement.

“Pierre is a proven race winner, with three podiums and three fastest laps and to date he has scored a total of 325 points in Formula 1. He has also built a reputation as a very strong qualifying.”

Pierre Gasly, Scuderia AlphaTauri

Pierre Gasly, Scuderia AlphaTauri

Photo By: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images

“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,” said Gasly.

“I am happy to stay with my Scuderia AlphaTauri team. This year’s new regulations have presented us with new challenges and it is a good basis for the future to plan our development with the team for the next 18 months.”

Gasly made his F1 debut for AlphaTauri’s predecessor, Toro Rosso, in 2017, and has spent his entire Grand Prix career with the Italian team, save for a 12-race stint with the sister Red Bull team in early 2019.

Since returning to AlphaTauri, Gasly has taken one race win and two more podium finishes, making him the most successful driver in the team’s history.

“We are very pleased to confirm that Pierre will stay with us in 2023,” added Tost. “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.”

Gasly has endured a tough start to the 2022 season, ravaged by bad luck, leaving him with just 16 points and a best fifth place finish in Azerbaijan.

His teammate, Yuki Tsunoda, is due to expire at the end of the year, but Tost indicated in Canada that he was impressed by how the Japanese driver fared in his second F1 season.

“Yuki has improved a lot,” Tost said. “He did a fantastic job, I must say.”

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