All the reports are finally confirmed after the official announcement by the Alpine F1 team signing a multi-year deal with Pierre Gasly.
Pierre Gasly was driving for AlphaTauri – the team he made his debut with 6 years ago. The Frenchman made his debut with the then-Torro Rosso in 2017. Gasly was on contract with the team for another 1 year.
However, the French driver had the option to leave which he eventually did.
Alpine has now completed an all-French line-up. Gasly will join forces with his French counterpart, Esteban Ocon, in 2023.
Gasly’s career was somewhat of a roller-coaster. Red Bull promoted the Frenchman to its main team in 2019. However, the team demoted Gasly the same season back to AlphaTauri.
After his demotion in 2019, Gasly has been working on restoring his reputation and has surely shown many impressive performances. Most noticeably is the win in Monza in 2020 with AlphaTauri.
He had an amazing season with the team last year too. Gasly scored 110 of the squad’s 142 points in 2021.
A delighted Gasly is excited to join forces with the French outfit
The French driver deserves a more competitive team, and we believe Alpine will provide him with consistent chances for fighting in points.
“I am delighted to join the Alpine family and begin this new chapter in my Formula 1 career.
“Driving for a team that has French roots is something very special. I know the strengths of Alpine having raced against them over the past couple of years and, clearly, their progress and ambition is very impressive.
“I wish to thank Red Bull as this marks the end of our nine-year journey together. It is thanks to their trust and support that I became a Formula 1 driver. And what we’ve achieved with Scuderia AlphaTauri over the last years has been very special.
“Looking ahead, I want to give the maximum and utilise all my experience to fight for podiums and ultimately contribute to Alpine’s fight for championships in the future.”
Pierre Gasly will replace Fernando Alonso in Alpine. The Spaniard left the team for Aston Martin in 2023.
Moreover, this leaves only three vacant seats in the F1 drivers’ market. One with AlphaTauri, the other with Haas, and lastly with Williams.
With reports indicating a contract renewal of Mick Schumacher, AlphaTauri at the moment only looks like an empty seat for 2023 alongside Williams.
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