Next year there will be several changes on the starting grid for the first Grand Prix of the 2023 season, and Pierre Gasly driving an Alpine will be one of them.
The French team announced a few weeks ago that their compatriot will join them for the new season alongside Esteban Ocon, in an all-Gallic lineup, thus leaving the AlphaTauri which was a very important parenthesis in the career of the 26 year-old.
He will leave his place to Nyck de Vries, who will join his current teammate Yuki Tsunoda, of whom he spoke about in Mexico.
“I think only time will tell whether he's got what it takes to lead the team,” Gasly said about the Japanese driver.
“His path to F1 was kind of fast forward. He went F4/F3/F2, and straight to F1 at quite a young age, with not so much experience. So I think only time will tell.
“But for sure he has improved massively this year. [I would] not be surprised to see him improving again next season,” the Frenchman added.
“I think he knows what he needs to work on, a bit of self-control. But yeah, he knows that and I mean he's got good people around him and I think this environment is also good for him to really develop as a better driver.”
The two struggled a bit to bond at first, but over time they seem to have become very close and become good friends even off the track.
“He doesn't live that far from my house in Milan so I'm sure we will get some more time off season to catch up,” Gasly said.
“There is no bullsh*t with Yuki and that's one thing I really appreciate, everything which goes through his mind is out of his mouth in a flash of light.
“He is a very unique character, he's got a great sense of humour, no filter, which can be quite surprising at times. He's a great human being.
“I really enjoyed these last two years, also seeing him evolve within the team, also as a person I think he has developed quite a lot, and definitely someone I appreciate and I happily call a friend," he concluded.