Red Bull won’t let Pierre Gasly go to Alpine

Pierre Gasly’s contract with AlphaTauri for 2023 was confirmed back in June, but recent events in the pilot market have caused another wave of talk about possible reshuffles in the teams. When it became known about the transition of Fernando Alonso to Aston Martin, and Oscar Piastri said that he was not going to drive for Alpine F1, in theory, a vacancy may appear in the Renault factory team.

How further events will develop is not yet clear, except that Alpine intends to demand financial compensation from the Australian if he really refuses to fulfill his obligations – Enstone believes that Piastri is violating existing agreements. At the same time, team leader Otmar Safnauer made it clear that there are enough applicants for a possible vacancy, but did not name these riders.

It is logical to assume that one of them is Daniel Ricciardo, whose place in McLaren can be taken by Piastri, but the press also calls the name of Pierre Gasly. However, Helmut Marko, an adviser to Red Bull, categorically stated that the Frenchman would remain at AlphaTauri.

“There is no condition in Gasly’s contract that allows it to be terminated,” Marco emphasized in an interview with Sport1 TV channel. “It wasn’t there before the summer break, and it won’t be there after.”

What was confirmed by Franz Tost, the head of AlphaTauri: “It makes no sense for Red Bull to let Pierre go. If something happens to one of the Red Bull Racing drivers, the team does not have another suitable driver who can get behind the wheel. Only Gasly can do it.”

Alpine has not yet spoken about its preferences, insisting on the inevitable legal solution to the problem that Piastri and his management created for them. Judging by persistent rumors, the contract with McLaren has already been signed, and the only question is when this will be officially announced.

“The probability that we will go to court is 90%,” Safnauer confirmed in an interview with Reuters.

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