AlphaTauri verify Pierre Gasly will stay for 2023

AlphaTauri has ended any lingering doubts about Pierre Gasly’s future by confirming on Friday the French driver will stick with the staff for 2023.

The information means Gasly stays contracted to the Pink Bull programme however driving for its junior staff, the place he memorably received the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.

AlphaTauri has helped Gasly revive his profession after a short-lived stint at Pink Bull in 2018.

Sergio Perez’s newly-signed Pink Bull extension has blocked off Gasly’s path again to the highest staff till a minimum of 2025, however the French driver was seen as being a serious a part of the motive force market if he may get himself freed from his present ties.

Forward of the Canadian Grand Prix, staff boss Franz Tost stated it was “100%” sure Gasly would stay with the staff subsequent yr, though there was no official communication from the staff saying so and the Frenchman had by no means explicitly stated he was staying.

That affirmation got here Friday, with Gasly saying: “I’ve been with this staff for 5 years now and I’m happy with the journey we have been by means of collectively and the progress we now have made. I am joyful to stay with my Scuderia AlphaTauri staff. This yr’s new rules have created new challenges for us and with the ability to plan our improvement with the staff for the subsequent 18 months is an efficient working foundation for the long run.”

Tost added that the Gasly “is certainly within the group of the very best and best drivers in F1 and has confirmed his talents throughout on a regular basis he has spent with us.”

The 2023 driver market may very well be one of many quietest in years.

Reigning F2 champion Oscar Piastri has been tipped to switch Nicholas Latifi at Williams subsequent yr. Sebastian Vettel may create a serious opening if he determined to retire, however the Aston Martin driver has given no indication that he’s severely interested by strolling away.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso can be but to signal a brand new deal for 2023. Have been he to go away, Alpine junior Piastri would doubtless take his seat as an alternative.

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