Former F1 racer Christijan Albers has said that Pierre Gasly feels “f***ed” by senior Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko.
The Frenchman was dropped by Red Bull halfway through the 2019 season, after he had a poor start to the campaign.
He was demoted to the sister team (Scuderia Toro Rosso, as it was then called) and he has since become one of the most highly rated drivers on the F1 grid.
Gasly was replaced by Alex Albon at Red Bull, and the Thai driver was axed by the team at the end of 2021, with Sergio Perez coming in to replace him.
Commenting on Gasly’s future and the difficulties of driving for Red Bull, Albers said the Frenchman feels “f***ed” by Dr Marko.
“The problem is just, you have these stranglehold contracts from Red Bull. The only one who doesn’t have a contract like that is Max Verstappen, but the rest just have a serious problem,” he said this week.
“It’s not like you can decide to go somewhere else. Then you really need Uncle Marko.
“If I’m going to look at Gasly’s performance that he’s constantly producing, but also look at life outside Formula 1, you can see that frustration that he feels f****d by Red Bull, with all due respect,” he added.
Continuing, Albers hit out at Red Bull for how they treat their drivers and said it didn’t make sense for the team to fire Daniil Kvyat shortly after he scored a podium for them:
“I think it is really disrespectful how they have treated drivers.
“That a man [Kvyat] is on the podium and will be kicked out the next race. Let’s be honest, that doesn’t make any sense at all.
“That’s Helmut Marko, but they did learn from it. They stopped putting pressure on Alexander Albon, they didn’t try to put pressure on Perez, so they’re learning from their mistakes.
“It was really the old-fashioned, [the] Austrian way of Dr Marko though,” he concluded.