More than four years ago, Pierre Gasly left Red Bull and returned to Toro Rosso.
Recently, there has been a lot of speculation and discussion about the form of Sergio Pérez, who is significantly losing to Verstappen this year. His point loss is already 266 points.
But the topic of Verstappen’s teammates is an evergreen in Formula 1. Red Bull is unable to find a driver who can keep up with Verstappen, but at the same time, a calm atmosphere has been maintained within the team.
One of Verstappen’s four teammates at Red Bull was Pierre Gasly. Next to the future world champion, however, in 2019 he went to the fewest races of all. Gasly was “retired” during the summer break.
Verstappen’s teammates at Red Bull
- Daniel Ricciardo (2016-2018): 58 races
- Pierre Gasly (2019): 12 races
- Alexander Albon (2019-2020): 26 races
- Sergio Pérez (2021-present): 64 races
Although the Frenchman showed promising potential, his results did not meet the expectations of the team as defined by Helmut Marko.
After the summer break, Gasly was transferred from Milton Keynes back to Faenza, where he gradually began to do well and in the Italian Grand Prix 2020 he was able to get his first victory.
Asked by host Tom Clarkson on the latest F1 Beyond the Grid podcast if he had ever spoken to Mark about his “demotion”, Gasly replied: “I hope we get the chance one day.”
“But deep down I know they’re smart people. They may have their own opinion on some things, but there are clear things that were obvious. That’s just the way it was.’
“It wasn’t entirely fair, but that’s the sport. I also learned that this sport is not always fair.’
“By leaving AlphaTauri, I’ve actually closed a chapter and opened a whole new story with Alpine, and I think I’ve reached a certain level of experience, skill and mindfulness that, thanks to my previous experiences, allows me to be better today than I was yesterday.”
A tragic weekend in Spa in 2019
The 2019 Belgian Grand Prix was not easy for Gasly. Returning to Toro Rosso was far from the worst. His friend Anthoine Hubert died the same weekend.
“It was a shock,” recalls Gasly. “It’s funny because I was looking through some photos on my phone and I ended up with photos of Anthoin from when we were at school together and the last dinner we had in Budapest before the summer holidays.”
“We were actually planning to go out and at the last minute I didn’t go, I didn’t want to go and I remember just saying hi from the sidewalk. I can still see him standing next to my friend.’
“I don’t think anyone in their life is ready to lose a friend and a very close friend at such a young age. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the first very close friend I’d lost. It was incredibly difficult to deal with.’
“But after what happened at the Spa, my approach to life in general and my relationship with the people who are important to me also changed.”
“Cherish every second you get to spend with your loved ones because you never know when it will be the last time.”