World News – AU – Horner: Reasons Why AlphaTauri Remains « Explained » to Gasly


Horner says it was « made clear » to the Frenchman why he was not in contention for a seat, if Red Bull were to decide to replace Alex Albon

Gasly was recently confirmed to AlphaTauri for 2021, having won the Italian GP and comfortably outperforming teammate Daniil Kvyat this season

Until recently, many observers believed that if Red Bull decided to drop Albon for 2021, Gasly had done enough to justify a return to the squad he led in the first half of last year.

However, even before Gasly was confirmed to AlphaTauri, Red Bull management had made it clear that they would look outside their youth pool at available experienced drivers like Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez

“I’m not disappointed, I’ll say I’m just surprised”, he said “In 14 years Seb [Vettel] won a race with Toro Rosso, I’m the only other rider to have won a race Seb was promoted to Red Bull and won four titles with the team So I’m just surprised I wasn’t really considered « 

When asked if he knew a specific reason for his past, he replied: « I don’t know »

Perez ‘can’t wait too long’ for Red BullHorner decision explains why Gasly was not on Red Bull’s shortlist

Challenged by Gasly’s claim that he was surprised, Horner insisted the French pilot knew what the camp was thinking

“I think that was very clear to him,” said Horner “I mean he’s a key part of the AlphaTauri team AlphaTauri has different aspirations than Toro Rosso It’s not just a junior team, it’s a sister team, as I said before

« And I think we’re very happy for Pierre, he’s doing a great job in this environment, he’s happy in this environment The team is very happy with him So why break that? » I think you know that was told to him

« He has a long term contract with Red Bull for the next few years, so you know we have all the information we need on Pierre, and like I said, I think he was very aware throughout the discussions that its future has always been entrusted to AlphaTauri, simply because of the evolving nature of this team and the aspirations of this team « 

Horner reiterated that Albon remains ‘Plan A’ for 2021, but he must justify his place

“We’re focusing entirely on Plan A and making sure Plan A comes true,” Horner said “So for now, I think we’re just going to put our attention on that What if Plan B was necessary, I’m sure you would be the first to know

« This is Alex’s seat He’s got his butt in the car, and everyone wants to see him keep that seat I think he just needs to lock out the outside noise, put his head down, have a good week -end « 

Red Bull Racing, Pierre Gasly, Formula 1, Christian Horner, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Helmut Marko

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