Current AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly has so far had a rollercoaster of a career in Formula 1, initially impressing the Red Bull team in his time with Toro Rosso having joined in late 2017 and completleting the full 2018 season. Unfortunately he struggled to perform under the immense and persistent pressure of the top teams when he was promoted to the main team for the 2019 season.
Following a shock mid-season demotion in 2019, Gasly once again began to show his true potential on his return to Toro Rosso, with the Frenchman making headlines the following year with his shock emotional win in the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.
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
After a telling blog post from Gasly in March of 2021 revealed he felt as though people within the team began to turn on him after his crash in winter testing, questions were raised about Red Bull’s treatment of him. Gasly however doubled down on his gratitude to the team for the opportunity which they had afforded him, a sentiment he echoes to this day.
When asked if he felt he would not be in Formula 1 without the assistance from Red Bull, Gasly was quick to agree.
“One hundred percent,” he eplied, before being quizzed on his loyalty to the team.
“Yes obviously [I am loyal to the team] as I say, I’ve spent nine years with them. It’s been eight and a half years of pure success. A very successful time and relationship together and there has been only six months where things didn’t work out the way we wanted.
“I would have never been here. I would have never got the chance in Toro Rosso, they put me there in the first place.”
Gasly also reflects on his time before Formula 1 during which Red Bull supported him financially, as he was unable to meet the infamously high funding requirements for the lower categories alone.
“Even before Toro Rosso, I didn’t have the funding. We all know it’s an expensive sport and if you don’t have any backing you can’t progress in the sport and without them I would have never been able to carry on.”