Pierre Gasly says things are ‘out of his control’ when it comes to speculation he could leave AlphaTauri for Alpine ahead of the 2023 Formula 1 season..
The driver market for next year is gradually taking shape, although there are still many situations to be resolved in the coming weeks.
Currently, five teams have their driver line-ups closed for 2023, with the other half each having one seat, although players like Zhou Guanyu are expected to remain at Alfa Romeo for next season and at least complement their squad.
Meanwhile, AlphaTauri has two drivers now on contract for 2023 after Yuki Tsunoda signed an extension for next season with the team, following Gasly’s agreement with them earlier this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the pair to rival. For the upcoming Faenza-based costume campaign.
In fact, Gasly is believed to be easily bought out of his contract with the team and that could come in handy with Alpine heavily linked to the desire to bring him in to replace Fernando Alonso bound for Aston Martin.
Pierre Gasly discusses his future
Speaking to Sky back at the Italian Grand Prix, Gasly discussed the speculation and tried to keep things as bland as possible:
“For now, this is out of my control.
“These guys gave my first Formula 1 victory and my first chance in Formula 1.
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“It doesn’t mean that I will stay there my whole life because my ambitions in Formula 1 are to fight up front, and that’s what I want.
“It’s been five years at AlphaTauri. We’ll see if I get to spend another year there, but that’s the scheme for now. If that’s what happened, I’d give 110 per cent to this team.
“There are a few things that need to be sorted out first before we talk more about this situation. In my situation there are only positives. We will see what happens in the next few weeks.”
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Time will eventually tell where Gasly will end in 2023, with very likely destinations for both the Alps and Alpha Tauri.
The Alps naturally love the idea of an all-French driver lineup, but, at least for now, Gasly is next year’s AlphaTauri driver.
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