Ex-F1 Driver Urges Red Bull To Sack Perez & Sign Gasly

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Red Bull should replace Sergio Perez with Pierre Gasly at the end of the season, former F1 racer Marc Surer has told Formula1News.co.uk.

The Frenchman was promoted to Red Bull at the end of 2018, but he was demoted back to their junior team after just half a season, with Alex Albon being drafted in to replace him.

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After a season-and-a-half of grossly underperforming relative to Max Verstappen, Albon was also axed by Red Bull.

Sergio Perez was signed as his replacement, but despite winning the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix and having a few other strong races, the Mexican hasn’t quite lived up to his pre-season expectations.

Since returning to Red Bull’s junior team – Scuderia AlphaTauri, as they are now called – Gasly has been in exceptional form.

He scored his maiden podium in Brazil 2019, and won his first F1 grand prix in Italy last year.

The Frenchman has been consistently impressive so far this campaign, and Surer believes Red Bull would be foolish not to give him another chance alongside Verstappen.

“I think Gasly is the right person to be in this seat. He is ready, he is consistent, he is a grand prix winner,” Surer said.

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“And of course, supporting their young drivers was for many years an aim of Red Bull, so why should they suddenly stop doing that?

“I’m sure [AlphaTauri team principal] Franz Tost doesn’t want to lose Gasly, because he is a guarantee for points, but AlphaTauri is the junior team, they should accept to bring some young drivers from Formula 2 or Formula 3 [as Gasly’s replacement].

“Gasly deserves to be in the number one team [Red Bull],” Surer concluded.

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