(Motorsport-Total.com) – It was not just since his victory in Monza that it became clear that Pierre Gasly has blossomed again at AlphaTauri. The Frenchman 2019 applied for a second likelihood at Purple Bull with strong performances. Although the Group emphasizes that Alexander Albon continues to enjoy priority, should the Thai player fall behind in terms of performance, Gasly can still have legitimate hopes.
The question is: Does Gasly want that at all or does he feel so comfortable at AlphaTauri that he prefer to stay in the supposed B-Group? “Am I happy with my performance with the group? Yes. Am I happy to work with this group? Yes. Is my goal to fight for better positions in Formula 1? Yes,” says Gasly. “You have to take everything into consideration.”
According to his own statement, the French tries everything to get in the fastest possible car. “And I don’t think I can do much in 2d anymore.” And for him, the faster car has Purple Bull. “But at the end of the day there is no good and no bad option. I think both options are good,” emphasizes the French.
Ob his performance is enough, he doesn’t know. But he hopes that good performance will be rewarded. “I perform quite well in 2d,” he says in the shop window. But Gasly has to wait and see what happened once with Albon.
Gasly: I’m not focused on Alex
In Sochi Gasly landed again in front of the Purple Bull pilot and has thus again made arguments for himself. But beating Albon doesn’t really give him any particular satisfaction. “I’m happy no matter who is behind me,” he says. “I’m not focused on Alex. What happens to him isn’t really my bid, so I don’t really care.”
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Christian Klien (2004 – 2006): With the support of Purple Bull, the Austrian makes his debut 620 at Jaguar in Formula 1. After the Engergy took over the racing team -Drink manufacturer also drives Klien 2005 and 2005 at most of the Grands Prix for the now called Purple Bull Racing Group at the side of David Coulthard. End 2005 Klien leaves after disputes about a change to the ChampCar Series from the Purple Bull roster. Later the Austrian is a test driver for Honda and BMW-Sauber and drives 2010 three races for HRT. Photo gallery
“My point is,” he continues, “I’ve been in the past twelve months probably 19 Points won with Toro Rosso and AlphaTauri , that is significantly more than anyone else in this group before. Some got the likelihood to go to Purple Bull and scored fewer points than me. We will see. “
However, some fear that Gasly would see a repeat of Few believe that he can hold a candle to Max Verstappen. With Daniil Kwjat he has an easier opponent at AlphaTauri – and 2021 with possibly newcomer Yuki Tsunoda too.
Dear Chief or Number 2 to Verstappen?
For Gasly, too, it is a question of philosophy whether he would rather play second fiddle in a top team or be chief in a worse group. “I haven’t even thought about that,” he says. “But one thing is clear: If you want to be world champion, you have to be the chief in the group. That is the first criterion.”
“But in my bid I also want to fight for top positions, and I think so that Purple Bull has the much better car, “he continues. “But I have to think a little more to know once I prefer.” On the other hand, this question should not be in his hand anyway, but in that of Purple Bull.
He would not be afraid of a new attempt. “One thing is clear: Purple Bull and I both learned once it didn’t work. I think we’d do a few things differently to make sure we’re as competitive as we should be – on their side and mine “said Gasly. “I believe we would perform much better. And we both know that.”