AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly believes he performed at a very good level this season, and indeed the young driver has been a revelation in 2021, frequently punching above his weight.
However, the Frenchman’s performance hasn’t put him back in the good graces of the Red Bull management, namely Dr. Helmut Marko, after his failed campaign with the team in 2019, where he was demoted back to Toro Rosso after 12 races only to be replaced by Alex Albon who was also let go at the end of 2020 as well, with veteran Racing Point refugee Sergio Perez receiving the nod to partner Max Verstappen in 2021.
With Perez’s contract renewed for 2022, Gasly was asked by Formula 1‘s official website how he felt about that and whether he thinks he deserved another shot with the senior team.
“Yes, I think I performed at a very good level this season, better than I did in 2018 when I was given the opportunity, performing a better level, more experienced and based on this year I could have deserved a better chance,” was his answer.
“But that is the decision, it doesn’t stop my motivation, I’ve been in Sergio’s position, it’s part of obviously, a career perspective,” the one-time grand prix winner acknowledged.
He went on to say: “My goal is to be in Red Bull, and there’s no surprise in that, I want to be in a car which allows me to fight for wins and podiums.
“That will always be the target, that’s what I’m working for every morning, working on myself, trying to be a better driver to win races and that’s the goal.”
Gasly has no hard feelings towards Red Bull despite their decision to overlook him for a 2022 seat, but insists he will keep pushing to earn a better chance.
“So they made their decision, I’m happy for them that they are having a very successful season,” he claimed, but insisted: “[I will] keep pushing and try to take my chance in the future because that’s what I want, to fight for a World Championship.”
Previewing his upcoming United Stated Grand Prix, Gasly said: “I’ve not yet had any great races in Austin, the best I did was 10th the last time we were there.
“I’m not particularly worried about it, because our car is working well everywhere at the moment and we just have to avoid any problems waiting to ambush us, so that we can continue to close in on Alpine in the championship,” he concluded.
Most expected Gasly’s form to wither after his demotion in 2019, but he has shown that he has a steely determination, taking his first podium in Brazil that year – an excellent second place – before hitting his stride in 2020 winning the Italian Grand Prix in Monza that year while scoring points on nine other occasions.
Gasly has continued his impressive form in 2021, currently ninth in the drivers’ standings on 74 points, with one podium (third in Baku), while frequently featuring in Q3 in qualifying.