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Red Bull’s cost of releasing Pierre Gasly to Alpine

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According to rumors, Alpine was reportedly asked to pay €10 million to release Pierre Gasly from AlphaTauri in 2023.

The Enstone-based team entered the season with the line-up of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, with Oscar Piastri as the reserve driver.

Team boss, Otmar Szafnauer attempted to negotiate a new contract with the Spaniard which would keep him with the French constructors till the end of next year. Alonso’s current contract was set to expire at the end of 2022.

Alpine wanted to keep an option to retain him for 2024 based on his performances in 2023 and also his age.

However, Alonso felt that his performances justified a full two-year contract. But Alpine were not ready to give him that and he began negotiations with Aston Martin whose current four-time champion driver, Sebastian Vettel, would retire at the end of this year.

Piastri was unsure when he would get a race seat with the French team but Alpine wanted to keep him in their ranks until the end of 2024 when Alonso would likely retire.

Alpine wanted to loan him to Willams for 2023 and 2024. But the 21-year-old decided to sign a contract with McLaren, taking the place of fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo.

As a result, Alpine was left without a driver and they went for Red Bull junior, Pierre Gasly.

Red Bull had the French driver under contract until the end of 2023, so Alpine and Red Bull had to work out a deal for Gasly to leave AlphaTauri.

The move also hinged on AlphaTauri as they looked to find a new driver. After failing to get Colton Herta onboard, AlphaTauri successfully signed Nyck de Vries.

The Dutchman was a part of the Mercedes team and caught the eye of Dr. Helmut Marko after his excellent F1 debut for Williams.

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