Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly
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Full Name: 
Pierre Gasly
Birth Date: 
7 February, 1996
Birth Place: 
Rouen, France
Driver Status: 
Current
Driver Height: 
177cm
Driver Weight: 
68kg
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Pierre Gasly Biography

Pierre Gasly - Scuderia AlphaTauri F1 Driver

Pierre Gasly Career Overview and Fast Links

  • Career Overview

  • 2021 Scuderia AlphaTauri Launch

  • Route to F1

  • F1 Toro Rosso (2017, 2018, 2019)

  • F1 Red Bull (2019)

  • F1 AlphaTauri (2020, 2021)

  • Fast Facts

Pierre Gasly F1 Career Overview

Pierre Gasly will compete with the Scuderia AlphaTauri team in the 2021 F1 World Championship for what will be his fourth full season in F1 and third campaign with the team (formerly known as Scuderia Toro Rosso).

A driver enjoying something of a career renaissance after his reputation was damaged by a brief and unsuccessful sojourn into the Red Bull Racing ‘A Team’, Gasly has flourished again in the perceived ‘B Team’ of AlphaTauri, leading to his shock maiden victory in the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.

A graduate of the Red Bull Junior team and a GP2 champion, Gasly made his F1 debut in 2017 with Toro Rosso as part of a five-race stint towards the end of the season. This led to his first full campaign in 2018, followed by a switch to Red Bull, only to be controversially dropped back to Toro Rosso midway through the year after disappointing results.

His surprise victory at Monza with the team (now known as AlphaTauri) came amid a generally strong year for the Frenchman in which he scored four top six results.

Pierre Gasly Net Worth 2021: $2 million (source)

Pierre Gasly Driver Salary 2021: $2 million approx (source)

* third-party source

2021 Scuderia AlphaTauri Team Launch

 

 

Pierre Gasly - Route to F1

With a relative dearth of new French drivers rising to prominence during the 2000s, Pierre Gasly emerged amid a concerted effort by the national federation to nurture fresh talent in time for the 2010s. It made him one of a handful of drivers - together with Jules Bianchi, Esteban Ocon and by extension Monegasque Charles Leclerc - to make their way into F1 accordingly.

Having climbed his way through the karting ranks - ending up CIK-FIA European runner-up in 2010 - Gasly made his car racing debut in the French F4 Championship in 2011, finishing third overall with three wins and seven podiums to his name.

Switching to the Formula Renault Eurocup, Gasly debuted with crack French outfit R-Ace GP and landed two podiums at Spa and the Nurbugring en route to tenth in the standings. A move to Tech 1 Racing for the 2013 Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 season yielded the title after a season-long battle with Oliver Rowland, Gasly winning three races and eight podiums total en route.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series

Gasly’s Eurocup success led to a natural progression to the sister Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Arden having now come under the tutelage of the prestigious Red Bull Junior programme, where he found himself in direct competition with another of the firm’s alumni Carlos Sainz Jr.

In a high quality field that included the likes of future F1 drivers Roberto Merhi, Sergey Sirotkin and Will Stevens (plus Sainz), Gasly impressed with his sheer consistency by scoring in all but two of the season’s 17 races.

As such, though he didn’t win a single race, eight podiums earned him a fine runner-up spot behind Sainz, only 35 points behind his seven-time race winning Red Bull stablemate.

GP2 Series

With Sainz off to F1 with Toro Rosso, Gasly had to bide his time with a switch to the GP2 Series in 2015, which he begun with a buzz of expectation due to his Red Bull association in a year that saw both Sainz and another Red Bull graduate Max Verstappen impress in the top flight.

Having made his GP2 debut towards the end of 2014 with Caterham Racing, Gasly got his first full season with DAMS and proved competitive, if inconsistent at times. A podium winner during only his second event in Spain, Gasly climbed onto the rostrum on four occasions.

However, his involvement in some notable accidents - in particular the triggering of a pile-up in Abu Dhabi that forced the race to be cancelled altogether - took the shine off his efforts, not least because he ended the year behind team-mate and another Red Bull starlet in Alex Lynn.

Despite this, Gasly was picked up by Prema Racing, entering GP2 for the first time amid its sheer dominance of the F3 European Championship, for 2016 and (eventually) found his groove.

Scoring podiums on the team’s debut in Spain, though it took Gasly until Round 9 at Silverstone to finally break his victory duck, he proved a front-runner from thereon, winning again in Hungary and Belgium during a strong mid-season rout that firmly established himself as a title contender against his own team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi.

He had difficulties though, not least the loss of a third place finish in Germany as a result of his fire extinguisher deploying in the car (against regulations) and an inopportune error at the start of the Sepang Feature Race (the penultimate event) that handed Giovinazzi a comfortable 11 point cushion into the finale.

However, Gasly’s perfect pole, win and fastest lap haul of 29 points from the first race in the UAE turned the tables on the Italian, enough for him to wrap up the championship in the last race.

Super Formula

Despite his title success, Gasly found ‘no room at the inn’ with Red Bull (or Toro Rosso) for the 2017 F1 season and instead accepted a Red Bull-subsidised switch to the Super Formula series in Japan.

Campaigning cars that are quicker than those in GP2/F2, a number of European racers have stationed themselves in Japan over the years in what was formerly known as Formula Nippon, albeit with mixed success against  little-known but impressive domestic competition.

For Gasly though, the switch to Japan was well-timed in that he was joining the Honda-backed Team Mugen amid talk that Red Bull was close to agreeing an engine supply deal with the manufacturer for the 2018 F1 season

Despite a modest start to the year in what was a shortened seven-race campaign, Gasly struck back with two mid-season wins at Motegi and Autopolis. The only driver all season to win more than one race, he’d nonetheless fall agonisingly short of the title, ending up just half-a-point behind champion Hiroaki Ishiura.

Formula E

Prior to his Super Formula switch, Gasly did make a brief appearance in the FIA Formula E Championship with Renault e.dams at the New York ePrix. Recovering from a poor qualifying to finish seventh in race one, Gasly was on course for a podium in the second race when a late mistake left him with damage that dropped him to fourth at the chequered flag.

Pierre Gasly F1 Career - Year-by-Year (2017 - Present)

Pierre Gasly 2017 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR12 Toro Rosso (Renault)
-Races5
-Wins0
-Podiums0
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish12th (Brazilian GP)
-2017 F1 Points0
-2017 F1 Championship Standing21st

With Gasly remaining in Red Bull’s good books with his impressive stint in Super Formula, while massaging those Honda relations ahead of what would be the start of its engine collaboration (via Toro Rosso), the Frenchman was always expected to be promoted to an F1 drive for 2018.

As it happens, Gasly’s debut came early in 2017 when he was called up to replace the out-of-favour Danill Kvyat in five of the final six events (he would miss the United States Grand Prix in favour of the final Super Formula round as he chased the title, even though it would go on to be cancelled anyway due to a typhoon).

Coming in fresh with little preparation, Gasly kept his head down and finished all five races, but didn’t score any points. 

Pierre Gasly 2018 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR13 Honda
-Races21
-Wins0
-Podiums0
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish4th (Bahrain GP)
-2018 F1 Points29 Points
-2018 F1 Championship Standing15th

Getting a full campaign for 2018, Gasly’s status was elevated on the back of Red Bull’s decision to end a long-held engine supply agreement with Renault in favour of Honda, despite the Japanese firm’s miserable return to F1 in the three years previous as part of a now nullified agreement with McLaren.

It meant Red Bull played it safe by only accepting Honda power units to supply Toro Rosso with a view to a Red Bull Racing switch in 2019.

As such, Toro Rosso’s - and by extension Gasly and team-mate Brendon Hartley’s - efforts came under closer scrutiny than in previous years, not least because of an underlying theory Honda’s poor performance had more to do with its fractious relationship with McLaren under new ownership than necessarily mere technical concerns.

In the end both accounts were probably true; the Honda unit did appear to work more effectively in the Toro Rosso architecture, but it was still technically compromised, while Toro Rosso’s meagre budget versus McLaren was also a factor in what was still a modest set of results.

In Gasly’s hands though there were some impressive highlights, most notably during Round 2 in Bahrain when he qualified sixth and finished an excellent fourth. He went on to cause amusement by saying on the radio across the finish line ‘now we can fight’ in a dig against Fernando Alonso (a fierce critic of Honda) saying the same thing when he took the now Renault-powered McLaren to fifth in the season opening Australian race.

By all accounts it wasn’t an outstanding season for the Toro Rosso-Honda set-up but Gasly was generally regarded to have performed well - at least versus his struggling team-mate Hartley - and a seventh in Monaco, plus a sixth in Hungary showed what he could do in a car better suited to lower speed venues. He ended the year 15th overall.

With Red Bull caught somewhat napping when Daniel Ricciardo announced he would be Renault-bound for 2019, it responded by promoting Gasly in a move some saw as being potentially premature and a touch ironic since the driver it was grooming for a top seat - Carlos Sainz - had left a year earlier because he didn’t expect a drive to come any time soon.

Pierre Gasly 2019 F1 Results Overview
Red Bull Racing - RB15 Honda / Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda
-Races21 [Red Bull - 12 / Toro Rosso - 9]
-Wins0
-Podiums1
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish2nd (Brazilian GP - Toro Rosso) 
-2019 F1 Points95 Points
-2019 F1 Championship Standing7th

Levelled up against highly touted (and now clear No.1 driver) Max Verstappen, Gasly’s promotion drew parallels with Ricciardo before him having come up from Toro Rosso with some critics, only to easily confound them with three wins in his debut year.

However, this was not to be the case on this occasion, Gasly finding a team united squarely behind Verstappen and left to find his way in a car not to his liking. Though he had experience of the Honda power package, he struggled to adapt his smooth driving to a machine suited to being hustled.

While his results were positive on paper - peaking with a fourth place at Silverstone - it belied the fact Red Bull had a de facto sizeable gap over the midfield runners Gasly often found himself mixing with. Indeed, the stopwatch didn’t lie either and Gasly would be on average 0.6s slower than Verstappen in qualifying when they reached Q3.

With Christian Horner not exactly singing Gasly’s praises and rumours Red Bull would play to reputation by shuffling its drivers mid-season, it was announced during the summer break he was to be contentiously dropped in favour of Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon (the Thai racer would fall foul of something similar come the end of 2020).

Despite the blow to his reputation both internally and externally, Gasly bit his tongue and accepted a ‘relegated’ spot at Toro Rosso once again, where in seemingly more compliant surroundings he could tap into his talents and achieve arguably better results in lower budget machinery.

This was brought into ironic sharp focus in the Brazilian Grand Prix when Gasly out-lasted his rivals to secure a surprise second place finish, at the expense of an unlucky Albon who was spun out of the same position by Lewis Hamilton. 

Toro Rosso’s first podium since Sebastian Vettel’s 2008 Italian GP win, the effort was made all the more satisfying by the fact he achieved it by out-dragging Hamilton’s Mercedes to the line, seemingly confirming the step forward Honda had made with its engine.  Scoring in five of the nine races he started with Toro Rosso, Gasly ended the year seventh overall.

Pierre Gasly 2020 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda - AT01
-Races17
-Wins1
-Podiums1
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish1st (Italian GP)
-2020 F1 Points75 Points
-2020 F1 Championship Standing10th

With Red Bull sticking with Albon for 2020, despite Gasly’s renewed vigour during the final rounds, the Frenchman stayed put as part of the rebranded (but still Red Bull associated) AlphaTauri squad for 2020.

In a year that would see Albon suffer from the same issues as he did at Red Bull, Gasly kept his head down and racked up positive results during the opening rounds, scoring in four of the first seven events.

However, his season - and career - were turned on their head in an extraordinary Italian Grand Prix when Gasly benefited from a well-timed pit-stop followed by a safety car that vaulted him up the order to run in second place. When a red flag forced a restart on lap 28, Gasly held the position behind Hamilton, before taking the lead when the Mercedes driver was forced to serve a stop-and-go penalty.

In a remarkably tense final few laps as he was hunted down by Carlos Sainz in the McLaren, Gasly held his nerve to take the shock victory, making him the first Frenchman to secure an F1 win since Olivier Panis, who won in similarly surprising circumstances for Ligier in the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix. Fittingly, the win was both the team’s (when you include Toro Rosso) second win outright and second to occur at Monza after Vettel won 12 years earlier.

Inspired by his efforts, Gasly continued to perform strongly to the end of the year, claiming a top six finish at the Nurburgring, Portimao and Bahrain to secure tenth in the final standings. 

Pierre Gasly will drive with Scuderia AlphaTauri in the 2021 F1 World Championship

Despite brief talk Gasly could be re-promoted to Red Bull in the wake of his Italian GP win, he remained with AlphaTauri to the end of the year and was re-signed when it became clear Sergio Perez would replace Alex Albon in the top team.

He will be joined by rookie racer Yuki Tsunoda, in what will be the final season for Honda as an official engine supplier before Red Bull takes over the engine programme.

Pierre Gasly Fast Facts

  • Gasly’s Italian Grand Prix win made him the first Frenchman to win an F1 race for 25 years, while Honda - for all of its faults in previous years - was the first supplier to win a grand prix with two different teams in the V6 Hybrid era

  • AlphaTauri was at the time only the fourth different team since 2014 to win an F1 race (after Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari). Racing Point would go on to become the fifth.

  • It was the first time since the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix the podium (including McLaren and Racing Point) didn’t feature any driver from the top three teams

  • Pierre Gasly is the second person to lose his Red Bull Racing drive mid-season after Daniil Kvyat was dropped from the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix onwards by Max Verstappen

  • His second place finish in the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix (behind Verstappen) marked the first Honda-powered 1-2 since the 1991 Japanese Grand Prix