“I’m just surprised”- Pierre Gasly on not being promoted by Red Bull management even after winning two podiums in 2020.
Pierre Gasly after being relegated to Toro Rosso (now Alpha Tauri) from Red Bull last season, he has shown that he is still an incredible talent and the team would regret if they don’t give him chances ahead.
The French driver became the first driver from his country since 1996 to win a Grand Prix in Formula 1 after his win in Monza. But still, he didn’t get promotion back to Red Bull despite his consistent performances and two podium positions ever since he came back to Alpha Tauri.
When asked by Motorsport.com if he was disappointed not to have been promoted back to Red Bull for next season, Gasly said: “I’m not disappointed, I will say I’m just surprised.
“In 14 years, Seb won a race with Toro Rosso, I’m the only other driver who won the race. Seb got promoted to Red Bull and won four titles with the team. So I’m just surprised I was not really considered.
“I’ve had two podiums with Toro Rosso, I think this season is going alright and on my side, the only thing I can do is try and put some strong performances to give to me opportunities in the future.
“It’s the only thing I can do. Everything is sorted, I don’t really want to think about this any more – I need to perform as much as I can for AlphaTauri – I’m happy to be here and I’m just focused on this weekend and trying to get the best result I can here.”
Need to progress quickly
Regarding suggestions that something in his past was behind the decision not to bring him back to Red Bull, Gasly said: “I don’t know”.
When asked if Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko had explained the decision-making process behind the decision to keep him at AlphaTauri, Gasly said: “They have their strategy.
“It’s up to them. If you want a better answer, it’s better to ask them straight away. “But, from my side, it’s been made clear to me I will continue already since quite a while with this team.”
“And I’m not disappointed, I think we’re performing on a great level, I’m able to show my potential, I’m able to show my speed, my skills. ” he further said.
“I’m 24-years-old – obviously my goal is to fight at the front and one day to fight for a championship, but at the moment I just need to perform and do the best job I can in the team I am [in]. ”
“I’m not disappointed I’m really happy to continue with AlphaTauri for another year. I’ll keep doing my very best for this team.”