AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost assures that Pierre Gasly has shown that he is an extremely capable driver who would be very close to the performance shown by Max Verstappen at Red Bull. The Austrian does not believe that the situation would be similar to the one from 2019 but reminds that the Dutchman is a clear team leader and that by developing a car according to his needs, he can easily create difficulties for another driver.
Pierre Gasly was promoted to Red Bull in early 2019. The French driver initially had clearly identified problems getting used to the Austrian team’s car. Gasly was expected to overcome the problems he found himself in soon.
However, Pierre from race to race had a lot of problems. His lag behind Verstappen was quite big, so Red Bull decided to replace Gasly with Alex Albon after the Hungarian GP.
After returning to Toro Rosso - now AlphaTauri - the 25-year-old began to recover from the shock he then experienced.
The Frenchman soon became the main driver of the team from Faenza, and the first victory in Monza in 2020 came as a result. Toast, who highly values his driver, clearly knows what he is capable of. This season, Gasly is the mainstay of AlphaTauri.
He won 66 points and practically holds his team in 6th place in the constructors ’championship. The head of AlphaTauri now assures that the French driver would be very close to Verstappen in Red Bull, but also adds that the Dutchman is the first driver to develop a car that suits him - which is a problem for another driver.
"Gasly could be close to Max in Red Bull. But Max is the first driver of the team and he develops the car exactly the way he wants. For that reason, it is possible that the other driver will have more difficulties, "Tost admitted in an interview with Sport1.
“I don’t want to say that Max is a special driver, but he has a unique sense of how to get best out of braking, cornering, top cornering. There are other drivers who don't do a good job with the car that Max made - that's because they have a different driving style, "said Franz Tost.
We will see if Gasly will adapt and if it will create certain problems for him, but it is certain that Gasly can do a lot, and that with his knowledge he should not have any problems in the new team.