It’s official! After a rally of rumours and speculations around Pierre Gasly’s plans for the 2023 season, it was confirmed that the Frenchman will join Alpine at the end of the 2022 season.
What would make more sense than a French team snatching another French driver? Not many things for sure. It is now official that Pierre Gasly will be racing in Alpine’s blue and pink car from next year on, despite him already having a contract with AlphaTauri.
Helmut Marko might have said that the Frenchman wasn’t going anywhere, as “he is still a Red Bull signed driver”, as the Austrian stated, but that didn’t really seem to affect Gasly’s future plans.
Pierre Gasly said: “I am delighted to join the Alpine family and begin this new chapter in my Formula 1 career. Driving for a team that has French roots is something very special. I know the strengths of Alpine having raced against them over the past couple of years and, clearly, their progress and ambition is very impressive.
"I wish to thank Red Bull as this marks the end of our 9-year journey together. It is thanks to their trust and support that I became a Formula 1 driver, and what we’ve achieved with Scuderia AlphaTauri over the last years has been very special.
"Looking ahead, I want to give the maximum and utilise all my experience to fight for podiums and ultimately contribute to Alpine’s fight for championships in the future.”
Otmar Szafnauer, Alpine's Team Principal:“I’m very happy that Pierre will be joining the team for 2023 and beyond. He is already a proven talent within Formula 1, and we are looking forward to harnessing that within the team.
"Our team has several objectives for the coming seasons and I firmly believe our driver line-up is a great reflection of the team’s high ambitions.
"I trust Pierre and Esteban can, together, motivate the team to continue its progress towards these goals. We would also like to thank Red Bull for agreeing the terms to allow Pierre to take this step.”