Pierre Gasly has signed a contract extension with Scuderia AlphaTauri which will see him stay with the team until at least the end of 2021.
“I’m extremely happy to continue with Scuderia AlphaTauri for another season! This year is going very well, and we are on track to have our most successful season in the team’s history,” Gasly said on Wednesday.
“I feel we have a very strong relationship, we have managed to take every opportunity that’s come our way, the best one at the Italian Grand Prix.
“Winning my first Formula 1 race in Monza was a very special moment for me, and it was made extra sweet to deliver a second win in the team’s history, so I’m very proud of that.”
Continuing, Gasly said: “I’ll do my maximum to push the team and take all my responsibility to bring it as far forward as I can.
“I’m looking forward to next year’s challenge and continuing with AlphaTauri both as a premium fashion brand and a racing team, to keep performing as much as I can to achieve even more success in the future.”
Meanwhile, Scuderia AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost said he is “delighted” that Gasly will be one of their drivers next year, and added that he hopes “he will remain in the Red Bull family for many seasons ahead.”
Continuing, Tost said: “He is mentally very strong, he is always motivated and when he sets a goal he gives it his all to achieve it. I’m looking forward to extending this cooperation and having a successful 2021 season together.”
Gasly joined the team in 2017, back when it was called Scuderia Toro Rosso, and ended his first stint with them at the end of 2018, when he joined Red Bull Racing.
After struggling against team-mate Max Verstappen, he was demoted back to Toro Rosso in the middle of the 2019 season, and he has since rediscovered his form with the Italy-based constructor.
His most impressive results since being ditched by Red Bull include a podium at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix and victory at this year’s Italian Grand Prix.
With just a few races of the 2020 F1 season remaining, Pierre Gasly sits ninth in the Drivers’ Standings on 63 points, just a single point behind Alex Albon – his replacement at Red Bull.
Gasly’s strong performances this year coupled with Albon’s continued lack of pace prompted calls for the Frenchman to be given a second chance at Red Bull, but the team has evidently chosen to either retain the Thai driver or find a replacement from outside its existing pool of talent.
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