Alpine has reportedly agreed terms with Red Bull for the release of Pierre Gasly from his AlphaTauri contract for the 2023 Formula 1 season.
Gasly was fielded by Alpine as he needed to find a replacement for first Fernando Alonso and then Oscar Piastri.
The Race understands that Alpine will pay Red Bull a fee to release Gasly from his AlphaTauri contract, which runs until the end of 2023.
This effectively confirms that Alpine has no intention of running Piastri next season and that any decision by the F1 Contract Recognition Board will only have financial significance.
The CRB has not yet decided whether Alpine or McLaren have a valid contract for 2023 with Piastri, but the result should be the same in both cases.
If the CRB rules in McLaren’s favor it will be a straightforward case of Piastri being confirmed, but if Alpine’s contract is valid then McLaren will have to agree a compensation deal to sign the 2021 Formula 2 champion.
Either way, Piastri is believed to be linked to McLaren, leaving Alpine with a seat to fill and with his own compensation demands to consider if he were to sign Gasly from Red Bull.
“For next year, currently I’m under contract with AlphaTauri,” Gasly said when asked about his future at the Dutch Grand Prix on Thursday.
“Everyone is aware of my contractual situation. So far, nothing has changed. »
A video emerged last week of Gasly talking to Charles Leclerc and George Russell en route to the drivers’ parade at the Belgian Grand Prix, in which Gasly appears to be referring to “working out the final details of the contract”.
It caused significant speculation on social media, but Gasly laughed it off Thursday in Zandvoort, where he said it had nothing to do with the race and made a vague reference to Russell talking about “marriage or d ‘a marriage”.
Gasly has been a Red Bull junior since 2014 and his impending move to Alpine means he is following in the footsteps of Carlos Sainz, who was released from what was then Toro Rosso to take a seat with what was then Renault towards the end of the season. 2017 season.
That move from Sainz helped Gasly make his F1 debut and he landed a full-time drive with Toro Rosso the following season and then an unexpected promotion to Red Bull Racing for 2019 when Daniel Ricciardo left the team.
Gasly struggled at Red Bull and halfway through the season he was sent back to Toro Rosso, where he found his form and scored a maiden podium at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
A strong 2020 season with the rebranded AlphaTauri team included a shock victory at the Italian Grand Prix, and Gasly was arguably even better in 2021 – a year in which he picked up another podium.
The 2022 season was more difficult, however, as AlphaTauri struggled at the start of the new technical regulations.
“I’m with AlphaTauri, I’m doing my best for AlphaTauri,” Gasly said. “They gave me my first place in Formula 1, they gave me my first victory.
“I don’t feel like commenting on anything, and as long as I drive for this team I will always give my 110%.”
Gasly’s replacement plan is unclear, although it was reported last week that Red Bull are keen to sign Colton Herta.
This suggested a potential link to a takeover of the AlphaTauri entry by Andretti, Herta’s IndyCar team, although this is now thought to be far from the truth.
The Andretti side are desperate for an entry into F1 and would be an obvious interested party should Red Bull want to sell their second team, as has been rumored but not confirmed.
Placing Herta at AlphaTauri would make little competitive sense given that someone of Gasly’s caliber would have to be let go in order to take an unproven rider from the United States, but Herta would allow the Red Bull brands to enter the American market with an American pilot.
One hurdle would be ensuring Herta could obtain a superlicence, which it is currently ineligible for due to the FIA’s unfavorable weighting to IndyCar in the licensing points system.
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