AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly believes it was ‘logical’ for Red Bull to retain Monaco Grand Prix winner Sergio Perez for another two seasons, and admits he needs to sit down with senior management to discuss his own coming.
Perez’s new contract, which keeps him at Red Bull until at least the end of 2024, means Gasly’s path back to the works team is currently blocked, with Max Verstappen on a long-term contract until at the end of 2028.
Gasly has signed a Red Bull Family Contract which means the energy drink company can place him in Red Bull or AlphaTauri until the end of next year.
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Asked if he was considering any seats outside of Red Bull for 2023 following the Perez news, the Frenchman replied: “It’s not about looking out or looking anywhere – my contract is quite clear with Red Bull.
“These are ongoing conversations with Helmut [Marko, Red Bull Motorsport Adviser] and direction to know what is best for all of us. For me it makes sense that they signed Sergio, he has been competitive since the start of the year. No surprise there. Obviously that has an impact on what’s going to happen to my career in the years to come and based on that we just need to have normal conversations about what’s best for the future.
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When asked to clarify whether he would be looking to leave Red Bull, he replied: “At the moment, as I said, these are conversations that are ongoing. I have nothing further. to add, the right decision will be made at the right time. I know why I’m here. I know what I want to achieve in F1. I’m a competitive guy, and the only thing that matters to me is performance.
“We are F1 drivers, we are here to fight for victories, poles, championships, that’s what drives me every day. That’s why I push myself beyond my limits every In the end, that’s what will make the difference, but like I said, it’s all about performance with AlphaTauri and we’ll make the decision at the right time.
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Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz (who sat next to Gasly at the pre-Azerbaijan GP press conference) faced a similar situation when he was at Toro Rosso and had no clear path to the team. factory. He eventually left the Red Bull family for Renault in 2017, before joining McLaren and now Ferrari.
“It was not easy [to leave Red Bull] but at the same time it’s thanks to Red Bull that I got to F1, why I’m an F1 driver right now and enjoying a career,” Sainz said. “It’s difficult.
“I understand what Pierre is going through. I experienced something quite similar. At the time, it may have caused me some bad situations or bad times with Red Bull, but now I remain good friends with Helmut and Christian. [Horner, Red Bull Team Principal]and I have only grateful words for them.
“I understand both positions, it’s a very difficult exchange between where you want to be but at the same time being faithful to those who have trusted you. What I can tell you is that Pierre, for me, is a very good driver who always performs well on the track, so it’s normal that he has high expectations and that he wants to go and find a place where he can fight for victories and poles. I understand both positions .