Toto Wolff has made it clear that Mercedes is not going to have an open seat subsequent season, not for Pierre Gasly or anybody else.
With Sergio Perez re-signing with Crimson Bull by way of to the tip of 2024, questions are being requested about Gasly and his plans for the long run.
The Frenchman is underneath contract with Crimson Bull for 2023, set to stay with AlphaTauri, however there appears to be some confusion as as to whether or not he can swap groups on the finish of this season now that the Crimson Bull door is firmly shut.
Helmut Marko has insisted a number of occasions over the previous two seasons that Gasly is his driver by way of to the tip of 2023 and he sees no cause why he would need to change that.
Wolff was nonetheless requested if Mercedes might probably have a spot for the Frenchman, or for some other driver wanting a step up the grid.
“No door is open for us,” the Austrian stated as per Motorsport.com, earlier than including that “we’ve got one energy, it’s the 2 guys.
“And if I seemed on the driver market and what’s taking place there, it will simply distract me.”
As for the 2024 market, Mercedes might probably have a seat open then with Lewis Hamilton’s present deal expiring on the finish of subsequent season.
The Briton has already quashed options that subsequent yr may very well be his final on the Formulation 1 grid, the 37-year-old saying he nonetheless enjoys racing
As for Wolff’s aspect of the equation, the Mercedes motorsport boss advised the media in Baku that it’s “too early” to start out talking about 2024.
“Are we beginning speaking 2024 contracts? In June 2022?” he stated. “No, we’re in a cheerful place with Lewis.
“There isn’t any doubt that we’re embarking the season and the following one in an excellent place however it’s too early to debate 2024.
“However having stated that, I couldn’t want for a greater driver pairing.”
Each Crimson Bull and Ferrari have their line-ups in place for 2024, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, and Max Verstappen and Perez.
As issues stand Mercedes is the highest-placed workforce with a doable opening whereas McLaren might even have a spot open on the finish of Daniel Ricciardo’s three-year deal. They do, nonetheless, have an possibility on him for 2024 ought to the Aussie re-find his kind.