Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri F1: Franz Tost says it will be a matter of pride for AlphaTauri if Red Bull wants to take Pierre Gasly back for next season.
Frenchman Pierre Gasly is living his Formula 1 dreams at the moment. The shock winner at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza yesterday stayed at the podium a bit too long. This was because he feels this moment might never come back to him ever again.
Gasly has had quite a roller-coaster since he was demoted from Red Bull for this season. His performances with AlphaTauri has impressed one and all, with suggestions he could make a sensational return to Red Bull.
The chances are strong considering current Red Bull driver Alexander Albon is not living up to the expectations of the team. AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost expressed happiness at the speculation, but remains optimistic that Gasly will remain the Italian team.
“He’s very motivated. He was like that last year when he came back from Red Bull. He said it felt like coming home to family. I’m afraid we’re going to lose him again. If so, it means that our team has done well. Otherwise, that wouldn’t happen. I am quite optimistic at the moment that Pierre will stay with us.”
Franz Tost praises AlphaTauri and Honda
Tost also reserved praise for their engine suppliers Honda. The Japanese suppliers had a mixed outing in truth, with both Red Bull drivers not making it to the points. Max Verstappen retired from what looked like a mechanical problem. Tost nevertheless spoke well of their cooperation, which earned Honda their second win of the season.
“Our big thanks go to Honda for the powerful engine and the fantastic cooperation.”
Tost also spoke highly of his backroom and garage crew, who were spot on with their strategies. It was a complete team performance which earned arguably the seventh strongest team in the paddock a place on the top of the podium. Gasly is currently 8th in the overall standings, and would be eyeing a move into the Top 5.
“The team did a fantastic job and Pierre drove really great. As of Friday Pierre was already strong, with a fourth and sixth place. We were lucky with the red flag. I have to say that Gasly was really strong because he didn’t make any mistakes.”