Gasly feels his last chance to reclaim Red Bull F1 seat

The Frenchman’s current contract with AlphaTauri runs until the end of 2023, after which he will have the choice of extending his contract or looking elsewhere.

He has made no secret of his desire to return to Red Bull, having been dropped by the team midway through the 2019 campaign after struggling with the RB15 and facing extreme pressure as a team-mate to Max Verstappen.

After his time at AlphaTauri he excelled and his highlight was his surprise win at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.

But knowing he wants to win races regularly and fight for the championship, Gasly says he can’t wait forever for an opening at Red Bull to appear.

Speaking to Motorsport.com on the potential need to look elsewhere, he said his next contract from 2024 was critical.

“Helmut [Marko] said and it’s no longer confidential that I have a year left after this year on my contract,” he said. “And that’s obviously [the moment that] either we do it with Red Bull or we don’t.

“What’s going to happen after that, at the moment it’s way too early to talk about that. I’m focused on doing my best right now. But obviously I want to be in a car quick to fight for wins and wins and that’s the only thing that matters.

“I want to win in Formula 1 and I have to have a car that allows me to win. We will discuss it with Helmut when the time is right.”

Gasly said that despite having so much to prove at Red Bull, he felt no added pressure on him to deliver immediate results.

Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri

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“I just know what I have to do is the same as in previous years,” he said.

“I just have to keep delivering the results and keep pushing the team forward and leading it in the right way.

“I feel excited about the situation. It’s great. I just hope we get a fast car. That’s the only thing that matters to me at the moment.”

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Gasly believes AlphaTauri is in a good position with its car and engine package, and can make the most of the additional opportunities offered by the new 2022 rules.

“I think we are confident in our abilities to extract the best from the car we have,” he said. “We have a good team of engineers.

“Our way of working is efficient, we proved that last year, so we are confident about that.

“As for the car, I have to say that at the moment we have a lot of question marks because it’s a completely new car. We basically started from zero.

“So now it’s a lot about understanding what we need, how to maximize performance with what we have. And until Bahrain, we won’t know where we really stand compared to others.

“So we’ll find out in Bahrain: OK, did we do a good job with the car? And what can we aim for this season?”

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