'Pierre Gasly has everything it takes to become successful' | F1 News by PlanetF1

Pierre Gasly has everything it takes to become a successful Formula 1 driver, according to AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost.

It could have been a long way back for Gasly after being traded out by Red Bull halfway through the 2019 campaign for Alex Albon, but the Frenchman has instead worked hard to prove his worth.

Last season he repeatedly showed the strength of his ability at the wheel with some very impressive performances, none more so than his memorable first victory in the sport at the Italian Grand Prix.

He was well ahead of his team-mate Daniil Kvyat during the campaign, finishing 43 points in front of the Russian.

Nevertheless, Gasly’s performances were not enough to earn him his spot back with Christian Horner’s men, with Sergio Perez the man charged with replacing Alex Albon who was dropped to reserve driver.

Team principal Tost, who last month stated that Red Bull would fight to keep hold of Gasly if others were to come in for him, is delighted to again have the chance to work with the Frenchman who he sees as having a very bright future.

“I think it’s good for Pierre to stay here: he loves the team and we love him,” Tost told Gazzetta dello Sport. “And if he shows the same performance as 2020, he will have a chance to go to Red Bull or another competitive team.

“He has everything to become a successful driver.”

So much fun yesterday!! Great to be back putting laps on a track, thanks @Charles_Leclerc for sorting me out😜 pic.twitter.com/0jJCzLJKoT

— PIERRE GASLY 🇫🇷 (@PierreGASLY) February 10, 2021

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Where he will find that success is unknown. Alpine have in the past been rumoured at making a future move for the 25-year-old, but Red Bull are unlikely to let him go if he keeps performing on the track.

Gasly may well be part of a future conversation with Red Bull, as suggested by Tost, and his chances certainly would not be harmed if Max Verstappen was to take up a position elsewhere, with a Mercedes spot potentially opening up in 2022.

Gasly himself has previously said he feels ready to re-take his seat with Horner’s outfit, but with that now unlikely for at least another year, all he can do is continue impressing on track.

He will get the chance to do that again for AlphaTauri in 2021 as he heads into the new campaign very much the main man for the Italians, with his new partner being rookie Yuki Tsunoda who arrives from Formula 2.

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