Pierre Gasly says he “appreciates” the recent confirmation from Christian Horner that he remains in the picture for a Red Bull drive in 2023.
Barring an unforeseen turn of events, the Frenchman will spend a third consecutive full year in 2022 with AlphaTauri, who have confirmed he and Yuki Tsunoda are retaining their places.
Beyond that, the future is uncertain for Gasly. His impressive single-lap pace this season suggests he has outgrown AlphaTauri, consistently qualifying in the top six.
Sergio Perez has another one-year contract with Red Bull in 2022 but the position alongside Max Verstappen is anybody’s for 2023 – including Gasly, who was dropped from that seat after a disappointing first half of the 2019 campaign in favour of Alex Albon.
When recently asked about Gasly’s prospects, Horner, the Red Bull team principal, said: “I would never rule anything out. For 2023, we have multiple options available to us. Pierre has done a phenomenal job with AlphaTauri the last couple of seasons. He remains a Red Bull driver on loan to AlphaTauri.”
Although Gasly has said his original stint at Red Bull “was just never going to work”, he is grateful for Horner’s suggestion that he remains very much in the mix to potentially return as an improved version of himself.
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“Obviously I really appreciate these words, to see my work is valued and seen by Christian,” Gasly told The Race.
“So, yeah, you know, we still have a lot of time [left]. At the moment, the focus is on them [Red Bull] to get the World Championship this year. They have another shot at it next year with a big regulation change – we are talking about things that could happen in 12 months’ time.
“And my job will be to keep showing them I have the potential to deliver the job there, and we’ll see what will happen for 2023.”
Since making his F1 debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix in October 2017, Gasly has only ever driven for the team now named AlphaTauri apart from that ill-fated 12-race spell with Red Bull before the summer break of 2019.
Since rejoining the Italy-based ‘sister’ squad, the 25-year-old has achieved three podium finishes – one in each of the last three seasons and on a different step of the rostrum, the highlight being an unforgettable surprise victory in last year’s Italian Grand Prix.
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