F1 | Pierre Gasly to Remain at AlphaTauri for 2021

It has been confirmed that Pierre Gasly will remain at AlphaTauri for the 2021 season.
  • Pierre Gasly will continue to race for Scuderia AlphaTauri next season.
  • The 24-year-old took his first victory in a shock result at AlphaTauri's home Grand Prix at Monza.
  • The Faenza-based team are yet to announce the identity of the Frenchman's teammate for the 2021 season.
Scuderia AlphaTauri announced today that they would be retaining race-winner, Pierre Gasly for next season. The Frenchman has reached new highs since his return to the Red Bull sister team halfway through the 2019 season.

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Team Principal, Franz Tost expressed how pleased he was that Gasly would be continuing with them in 2021:

“I’m delighted that Pierre will remain with us for the 2021 season. He has been part of the Red Bull driver pool for many years and I hope he will remain in the Red Bull family for many seasons ahead.
"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.”
After the formal announcement was made, Pierre took to social media to express his excitement about continuing with the team, teasing that "the best is yet to come."

There is no question that Gasly has been one of the shining stars of 2020, and while his shock race win at Monza was very special indeed, his consistency and racecraft throughout this season has been impeccable. The relationship with the team unsurprisingly appears to be very strong, which the Frenchman alluded to while sharing his delight at continuing with the team:

“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.
"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.”

It is of course a team that he knows very well given that he started his Formula One career with them in 2017, while the Red Bull sister team was still named Toro Rosso. He was promoted to the senior team for the 2019 season, but only completed 12 races with Red Bull before he was moved back to Faenza, after being outshone by Max Verstappen.

Gasly has clearly had to dig deep in the last year, but the fruits of his labour are beginning to show. His 2020 campaign has been superb, and winning his team their first Grand Prix victory in over a decade is the icing on the cake. He has firmly established himself as a team leader, and is well positioned to bring Alpha Tauri towards the front of the midfield.

It is yet to be seen who will partner Gasly in 2021, although the shortlist is not particularly long. One would think the man currently in the seat, Daniil Kvyat still has a chance to prove himself, although he has been outclassed by his teammate this year, and Gasly's early confirmation only compounds this.

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Another driver with a good chance at the seat is Red Bull junior, Yuki Tsunoda. The Japanese F4 champion is currently racing for Carlin in F2, and has taken two race wins, five podiums and three pole positions. Placed 3rd in the drivers championship, he still has an outside chance at taking top honours, but there would be no shame in finishing third to Ferrari juniors, Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott.

Of course there is also the very real possibility of Alexander Albon being moved back to AlphaTauri, like his predecessor, Gasly. Verstappen has outpaced Albon in a similar way to how he did Gasly in 2019, which led to Albon's promotion to Red Bull in the first place.

Whoever fills the seat, they will have a very tough time going up against Pierre Gasly, a Formula One race winner.

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Goffik

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Well deserved. He's really pulled out the stops since his return to the team, and is showing what a great driver he is. I'm actually glad he hasn't been snapped up by Red Bull again. I think he can go further and shine brighter as number one driver at Alpha Tauri. He'll give us plenty more great mid-field battles to watch, rather than just touring around on his own in 3rd or 4th. :thumbsup:
 

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This is how it should have always been. Driving for AT has allowed him to mature and improve his driving. Another solid season and he should be ready for a big team. I am afraid that Albon has followed the same path as Gasly and needs another season at AT, as well, to get better. A veteran driver is needed at RBR. Promoting too early from AT has been a problem for them.
 

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Well deserved. His GP win was one of the best things to happen in F1 for years. Hopefully in 2022 we'll be seeing some more of stuff like that, F1 is really boring with the painfully predictable Mercedes winning every race and RBR and Ferrari (used to, anyway) filling the rest of the podium.

One perhaps quite likely scenario is that Albon is moved back to AlphaTauri and RBR sign Perez to play second fiddle to Max. Hard to see anyone more qualified for the job whom they could realistically sign
 
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One perhaps quite likely scenario is that Albon is moved back to AlphaTauri...Hard to see anyone more qualified for the job whom they could realistically sign.
I'd be tempted by Hülkenberg. Especially after how well he's driven, filling in at Racing Point not once but twice. Supposedly he has a good relationship with Verstappen too, and respect is always a great starting point for teammates.
 

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That was predictable. He is doing well at AT. However, for 2022, he should start looking for a drive with a better team, if anything opens up.

In the meantime, has anyone seen the new calendar for 2021? 23 races? Total madness. And a race in Saudi Arabia. Cool. Let's visit yet another dictatorship, shall we? "We race as one"... "End racism". Yeah. Right. Liberty Media and Bernie Ecclestone: Same old sh*t.
 

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He's possibly been the best driver on the grid this year (he's at the very least in the conversation). If there was any justice in the world, he'd be in a competitive seat next year. Unfortunately, there is exactly one competitive team in F1 - they have 2 seats and they are both filled (one great driver and one total dud, but a safe dud).
 

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This is how it should have always been. Driving for AT has allowed him to mature and improve his driving. Another solid season and he should be ready for a big team. I am afraid that Albon has followed the same path as Gasly and needs another season at AT, as well, to get better. A veteran driver is needed at RBR. Promoting too early from AT has been a problem for them.
Same problem with Max. Who got promoted too soon and ended up messing up Ricciardo's season by causing all sorts of problems inside the team, and crashing much more than kyvat.
 
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Sigh... And I thought this thread was about Gasly and the good news he was signed for another year at AT, well deserved. He is the right driver at AT right now in his career.
 
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Whom ever stays or goes from RB and AT should be limited to only one person. Marko. The short comings of the junior program can only be at his feet. He should be the first to walk.
 
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Sigh... And I thought this thread was about Gasly and the good news he was signed for another year at AT, well deserved. He is the right driver at AT right now in his career.
Some people just have an axe to grind...
...which is fine, until they can’t stop the urge to mention it everywhere and it becomes too repetitive.
 

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He deserves this, been very good this year and hopefully he can continue for next year.
 

Antony Snook

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He won a race he has prove it was not a fluke and win anouther. Another French driver ( Well italian with french citizensip) named Jean Alesi only won 1 race. Montreal dont recall the year. I was there and Michale Schumachers benetton would not shift gears. He had to stop in closing laps for a new wheel and Alesi got the win for Ferrari. Verry popular driver and worthy of more than one win considering the teams he drove for.
 
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Some people just have an axe to grind...
...which is fine, until they can’t stop the urge to mention it everywhere and it becomes too repetitive.
He would be better of at Red Bull, But only max can drive car. He and now Albon good drivers who cant get it close to Max
 

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He's possibly been the best driver on the grid this year (he's at the very least in the conversation). If there was any justice in the world, he'd be in a competitive seat next year. Unfortunately, there is exactly one competitive team in F1 - they have 2 seats and they are both filled (one great driver and one total dud, but a safe dud).
I would not call Bottas a dud keeping up with a champion on pace is hard. Even in the same car. Verry rarley do drivers of the same car finish close together like 3-4 these days. This has constuctors tittle locked. It is Botass and his points that do this. We have had champions in a car and constuctors champion in a different car in the past becuse the champions team mate had lack of speed or reliability. This is why the number 2 driver and his performance is vital.
 

Terry Rock

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He is right where he needs to be for the time being.
Pierre will continue to have better results at Alpha Tauri despite that team having less resources.
The intense pressure to reach Max' level of raw speed in the RBR car has 'doomed' quite a few guys already.
Less pressure at AT means he can relax and concentrate on race craft, while gradually improving his outright speed.
We've all seen the results of that strategy so far this year.