Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly, two drivers united by a past and a present that seems to repeat themselves, are more similar than anyone knows.
Alpha Tauri (formerly Toro Rosso) arised from Red Bull's need to have an F1 team to train young talents from the lower categories, but had to develop knowledge, skills and train drivers independently. So it happened for Sebastian Vettel way back in 2008 and it is happening for Pierre Gasly today.
According to Alpha Tauri's team principal Franz Tost, the French driver and the German one, who will drive an Aston Martin this upcoming season, are very similar.
"When Sebastian joined us he already had quite a bit of experience in the circus, then he exploded in the second half of the championship with the victory in Monza, just like Pierre.
"It's always good that a driver grows together with his team, because he is a fundamental part of the team itself; he gives the engineers the right development direction, for example, until he builds a car shaped at his leisure. Few understand this thing, and among those there are certainly Gasly and Vettel."
Pierre Gasly, during an interview, also stated that Sebastian Vettel is undoubtedly the driver who has advised him the most throughout his career.
Tost also spoke about other drivers who had this characteristic, such as Michael Schumacher: "Michael is the perfect example of this approach and I must say that his son, Mick, also seems to follow in his footsteps. A driver must be passionate, disciplined, innovative and motivated to improve; it's also good that he asks himself some more questions about where he should grow".
To date, among many emerging young drivers, Pierre Gasly seems to be one of the most promising: head on his shoulders, consistency in results and a bright future ahead of him.