Pierre Gasly to continue with Scuderia AlphaTauri for the 2021 Formula 1 season
The 24-year-old Frenchman initially joined the team at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix, prior to moving to Red Bull Racing for the 2019 season.
Subsequent to getting back to Scuderia AlphaTauri part of the way through 2019, Pierre has demonstrated his capacities on numerous occasions, qualifying and completing reliably in the main 10. In the 2020 season up until this point, Gasly has lifted his maiden title in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
“I’m extremely happy to continue with Scuderia AlphaTauri for another season! This year is going very well, and we are on track to have our most successful season in the team’s history. I feel we have a very strong relationship, we have managed to take every opportunity that’s come our way, the best one at the Italian Grand Prix,” the Frenchman said in a statement.
“Winning my first Formula 1 race in Monza was a very special moment for me, and it was made extra sweet to deliver a second win in the team’s history, so I’m very proud of that. I’ll do my maximum to push the team and take all my responsibility to bring it as far forward as I can. I’m looking forward to next year’s challenge and continuing with AlphaTauri both as a premium fashion brand and a racing team, to keep performing as much as I can to achieve even more success in the future,” he added.
Franz Tost, Team Principal, said: “Since he came back to the team last year, he consistently showed extremely good performances achieving two podiums, with a second place in Brazil in 2019 and a win at the team’s home race at this year’s Italian Grand Prix. Pierre has proven to be highly competitive also thanks to his great race craft, extracting the car’s potential at every race and giving valuable feedback to his engineers.
“He is mentally very strong, he is always motivated and when he sets a goal he gives it his all to achieve it. I’m looking forward to extending this cooperation and having a successful 2021 season together,” he added.
His Journey with AlphaTauri
Gasly was retained by the team along with Kvyat as they renamed to Scuderia AlphaTauri. At the unpredictable 2020 Italian Grand Prix Gasly won the first Formula One race of his career, becoming the first French driver to win a Formula One race since Olivier Panis’ victory at the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, 24 years prior. Gasly became the 109th different race winner in F1.
This prompted speculation that Gasly could return to Red Bull, and Gasly himself said that he was ‘ready’ to do so. AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost praised Gasly’s race but dismissed the possibility of Gasly returning to Red Bull soon. However, Gasly is due to remain with AlphaTauri for 2021.