The French racer has impressed since returning to Red Bull’s sister team AlphaTauri – but was not rewarded with a second shot in the more competitive car
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Pierre Gasly confesses that he is puzzled by the fact that he was not given another chance to impress Red Bull after his string of outstanding performances with the sister-team.
Max Verstappen and the Frenchman were both disappointed in their first race together. Verstappen struggled to handle the pressure that comes with racing for high expectations.
He has looked back at AlphaTauri, looking just like the racer he was when he won the Red Bull.
He stunned the grid when he won the Monza race in 2020 and has been there twice since Christian Horner took his place.
Gasly scored 110 of the team’s 142 points in 2021 – a record total for both himself and AlphaTauri – to prove himself one of the strongest racers on the grid.
He must still wait to see if he will be allowed to race at Red Bull again after Sergio Perez was retained by the team to race alongside Verstappen in another season.
Gasly states that he does not feel outgrown AlphaTauri but cannot understand why Perez was not chosen when the time came to make the Red Bull hierarchy decision.
“My desire, my will to fight for World Championships is very strong. I’m in Formula 1 to fight at the top. That motivates me to keep improving,”The 25-year-old woman told Auto Motor und Sport.
“I won’t lie, it’s hard to deliver a season like that. And then when I compare myself to those who got the opportunity for a Red Bull seat, it’s disappointing.
“Based on the results and numbers, I have performed better than any other member of this team.
“But at the end of the day, I don’t get the recognition and reward for that. That’s hard to swallow. It disappoints me, of course.”
Gasly said that he will do everything possible to continue impressing the Red Bull powers-that be in the hope that they will have no choice but take him back.
“I know what I want to achieve in this sport. I want to fight at the top. That hasn’t changed,”The Frenchman also added.
“Next year it won’t be that far yet, but that doesn’t mean if it’s not there in 2022 it won’t happen in 2023. I continue to give full throttle and believe in myself.
“I hope that the AlphaTauri will continue to be as great as it was last season, despite changes in regulations.