AlphaTauri’s failures in 2022 were catastrophic, falling from sixth place in 2021 with 142 points to ninth place this year with just 35 points.
Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda were not given a car under the new regulations capable of challenging for points on a regular basis, rarely making it through to Q3 sessions, where Gasly was a regular in 2021.
The highly talented Frenchman has been impressive ever since he entered Formula 1 in 2017 with Toro Rosso, even being given the chance at Red Bull in 2019 where he unfortunately failed to match the standards set my Max Verstappen.
Gasly managed to pick up a win with AlphaTauri in 2020 at Monza, shocking the world and reminding fans of the reasons why Red Bull took a gamble on him in the first place.
The 26-year-old has become a fan favourite at Red Bull’s sister team, forming a wholesome partnership with Yuki Tsunoda over the past two seasons.
Unfortunately for the underperforming AlphaTauri it is clear that Gasly has outgrown the team and earned a chance to compete for podiums in a more competitive car next season, with the team not standing in the way of his dream move to Alpine.
With the winter break slowly coming to an end, AlphaTauri have now official said goodbye to their driver as he embarks on a new challenge alongside Esteban Ocon at Alpine.
“It’s time for us to say goodbye, we collected some of Pierre Gasly’s best moments from the six years he spent with the team, and there sure were some fantastic ones! Grazie Pierre!” The team posted on their official website.
The post is accompanied by a YouTube compilation of Gasly’s best moments at AlphaTauri and Toro Rosso, as the Red Bull system bid farewell to their driver.
It initially appeared as if Gasly would be too expensive for Alpine to sign, however Red Bull were very reasonable in their negotiations over a price for the Frenchman’s release, understanding that he had earned a move away from their system.
Red Bull’s sister team have replaced the 26-year-old with Nyck de Vries, who the managed to pry away from Mercedes following the Dutchman’s impressive cameo at Monza with Williams earlier this year.