World Pierre Gasly will stay with AlphaTauri for the 2021 Formula 1 season
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Pierre Gasly will also contest thein the AlphaTauri team. The racing team officially announced this on Wednesday morning.
"I am very happy to be continuing another season with Scuderia AlphaTauri," commented Gasly on the contract extension. "This year is going very well and we are well on the way to having our most successful season in the history of the team."
The Frenchman clinched his first Formula 1 victory at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, which also marked the second victory in the history of AlphaTauri (formerly Toro Rosso). In 2008 Sebastian Vettel - also in Monza - triumphed.
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"I have the feeling that we have a very strong relationship. We managed to take every opportunity we had, the best at the Italian Grand Prix," said Gasly . "Winning my first Formula 1 race in Monza was a very special moment for me. (...) I'm very proud of that."
The 24-year-old assures: "I will do my best to move the team forward and do everything in my power to bring it as far as I can."
Gasly's achievements, most recently a fifth place in Portimao, recently fueled speculation that he could return to Red Bull next yearafter being demoted to the B team in 2019 after twelve races. But the team made it clear that it had no intention of making a switch back.
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Tost praises Gasly's driving skills and mental strength
AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost is happy that Gasly has stayed with him: "Since he returned to the team last year , he showed consistently extremely good performances and achieved two podiums, with a second place in Brazil in 2019 and a victory in the team's home race at this year's Italian Grand Prix. "
The Frenchman has proven to be "extremely competitive" not only because of his driving talent. He is also able to exploit the car's potential in every race and to give the engineers valuable feedback.
"He is mentally very strong, he is always motivated and when he sets a goal, he gives everything to achieve it," praised Tost. "I'm looking forward to expanding this collaboration and experiencing a successful 2021 season together."
It is not yet known who will drive for AlphaTauri alongside Gasly. Much will also depend on where Red Bull wants to place its contract drivers for the next year.
Second cockpit at AlphaTauri still unexplained
The future of Alexander Albon, who inherited Gasly last year, is in the air after Max Verstappen's team-mate was unable to convince recently. Should one choose to drop him, it could result in his return to AlphaTauri.
However, in addition to Gasly, the second cockpit is also associated with the young talent, who is supported by Honda and who has shown an impressive rookie season in Formula 2 so far.
Gasly's current team-mate Daniil Kwjat has to fear for his place for 2021 one way or another, after he could hardly keep up with the Frenchman's performances.
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