“Now he is one of the best drivers on the starting grid, it is now clear to everyone”. Franz Tost spares no praise for Pierre Gasly, a driver who actually managed to find himself after the failure received by Red Bull in 2019, when after mid-season the Frenchman was sent back to Toro Rosso to make room for Alexander Albon during the summer break.
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The French driver born in 1996 was promoted to Red Bull after 2018 more out of necessity given that Daniel Ricciardo displaced the Milton Keynes team by refusing what in the eyes of Helmut Marko and Christian Horner was a suitable renewal to accept the courtship of Renault. To scare Ricciardo there was the prospect of a Red Bull pushed by the Honda power unit starting from 2019, moreover the Australian wanted to be number one and Renault could offer him that guarantee as well as a respectable salary.
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Gasly alongside Verstappen was unable to offer a satisfactory performance and so Marko without many compliments reserved him the ‘Kvyat’ treatment, but like the Russian, Gasly too has overcome the setback and humiliation. Last season the champion in GP2 in 2016 won in Monza and this year he has already reached the podium in Baku. Franz Tost, team manager of AlphaTauri, does not rule out the possibility of returning to Red Bull orbit as early as 2022: “We’ll see what Red Bull’s decisions will be – the words of the number one on the wall of the Faenza stable – we are just one third of the season and it is useless to waste mental energy on the market. As I have always maintained I think it is important for a rider to stay in the same team for a long time, or at least that’s what many successful pilots have done. Not everyone succeeds, but Gasly and Vettel, for example, do. I believe that in this respect the most striking example is that of Michael Schumacher ”.