Pierre Gasly is back. After the breakdown while in Red Bull that brought him back to AlphaTauri (even if when he was there in the first place, the Faenza-based team was known as Toro Rosso), the Frenchman regained his confidence and shape. He proved it throughout two great seasons, gaining his maiden win at the Italian Grand Prix last year and delivering an important treasure of 50 points through the first half of the 2021 season. An impressive result that made him sit eighth in the drivers' championship and for his team. The Frenchman brought his team into a very good position and he did it single-handedly, as rookie teammate Tsunoda only got 18.
P1!! My first victory in F1!!🏆— PIERRE GASLY 🇫🇷 (@PierreGASLY) September 6, 2020
I’m lost for words, still struggling to realise, its just amazing!!
Everything was perfect, just missed the tifosis down under the podium. @alphatauri we have done it!! Thanks everyone for all the messages & support!! Today is a day I’ll remember. pic.twitter.com/3eILYSMsIu
This state of shape and new success is, according to the AlphaTauri driver, due to stability.
“I've never really had any stability, - the 25-year-old told GPFans Global - I've always, from one year to another, been going up and down. That's also one of the reasons this year that, I think, I'm performing probably at my best level.”
"It's the first time that I'm doing a full second season with the same team. – he continued. – I know the people, I know the team, I know everybody working for this team. I think we've got a great relationship and a great understanding of who needs what, and how to really extract the maximum from everyone on the team.”
The 25-year old is hoping to not continue with a third one, though. After obtaining the best position in 15 years for AlphaTauri, Gasly is eyeing the Red Bull seat he used to have a couple of seasons ago, before having to let it to Max Verstappen in the middle of the season.
Talking to Motorsport.com about his future in Formula 1, he admitted he is waiting to "see what happens" at Red Bull, hoping to receive a call from Marko before the season resumes in Belgium. “I think it's pretty clear on my end, it's in Red Bull's hands, - the French said. - Max is signed for next year in the top team, Sergio I think has a one-year contract, so we'll see what happens there and then what we do going forward together.”
The newly obtained confidence shows not only on the track but in his words as well.
“I'm obviously contracted with them for some more time,- he revealed - and I'm pretty confident we should get some answers at some point during the summer break, or after the summer break.”