The Silly Season of Formula 1 lives up to its name this year. First Sebastian Vettel (35) announces his departure and thus sets in motion a spiral that is now turning faster and faster.
RacingNews365 is now reporting that the 26-year-old is said to have included an exit clause in his newly signed contract, which allows him to leave AlphaTauri for a better placed racing team.
Is the Formula 1 driver’s carousel going completely nuts now?
Newsabc asked Red Bull. Head of Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko shakes his head in disbelief. “There is no exit clause at Gasly, there was none before the summer break and there will be none after the summer break,” the Red Bull Doc clarifies.
AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost adds in an interview with Newsabc: “It makes no sense for Red Bull to let Pierre go. If a Red Bull driver drops out, there is no other adequate pilot who can step in. Only Gasly can do that.”
Tost thinks highly of his number one. “Pierre is very talented,” said the Austrian recently in an interview with Newsabc. “He thinks everything through carefully and is very focused. With the right car, he can be at the forefront. That is our job now.”
That means: Gasly is not a free client on the driver market. Alpine has to look outside the Red Bull cosmos. Daniel Ricciardo or Mick Schumacher, for example, could currently be considered.
That’s why they’re now apparently going to court. Szafnauer assumes that he is right. “We have a contract with Piastri, which he signed in November. We spoke to our lawyers and they told us it was a binding contract.”
One like Pierre Gasly has with Red Bull…