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Pierre Gasly

7th February 1996 (Age 24)
Rouen, Normandy
Most recent race (in database):

This championship-winning Red Bull junior graduated to Formula 1 in 2017 with Scuderia Toro Rosso and earned promotion to the company’s senior team for the 2019 World Championship. Life in the shadow of Max Verstappen proved difficult and he returned to Toro Rosso after the mid-summer break.

Early racing career

Having raced karts since 2006, Pierre Gasly graduated to single-seaters in the 2011 French Formula 4 Championship. He recovered from a slow start to the season to win four of the last five races and clinch third in the standings. The young Norman joined R-Ace Grand Prix for the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup although a couple of third-place finishes were his best results. He switched to Tech 1 Racing for his sophomore F.Renault season and won three times to enter the final race with a slender point’s advantage over Oliver Rowland. The title rivals clashed on the opening lap of the second race of that Barcelona decider with the Englishman penalised and Gasly finishing sixth to secure his first car racing championship.

Now supported by Red Bull, Gasly raced for Arden in the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 World Series. Victory proved elusive but he scored eight podium finishes as he came second overall behind Carlos Sainz.

GP2 Series and F1 tests

He made his GP2 Series debut at Monza in 2014 although three race weekends with Caterham Racing yielded little in terms of tangible results. Gasly switched to DAMS for the 2015 GP2 season and pole position for three of the final four races was indicative of his improving form. Second-place finishes in the Hungarian and Russian feature races were the race highlights but Gasly’s spin triggered the multi-car accident that forced the Abu Dhabi sprint race to be abandoned. Named as Red Bull reserve driver in September 2015, Gasly tested for both Scuderia Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing during that year’s F1 rookie tests.

For the 2016 GP2 Series, Gasly joined rookie Antonio Giovinazzi with newcomers Prema PowerTeam. It was an impressive maiden campaign for René Rosin’s outfit for the team-mates disputed the championship. Gasly won four times as he narrowly beat Giovinazzi in the standings, clinching the title in the final race at Abu Dhabi.

Super Formula and F1 debut

Graduation to F1 was initially denied when Scuderia Toro Rosso decided to retain Daniil Kvyat for 2017. Gasly joined Team Mugen’s Japanese Super Formula team instead and won twice to challenge Hiroaki Ishiura for the title. Just half a point behind his rival before the final weekend at Suzuka, he lost any chance of snatching the championship when that meeting was cancelled due to the threat of a typhoon.

Gasly had made his Grand Prix debut by that time when replacing Kvyat at Toro Rosso for the Malaysian GP. He drove in five of the last six races of the season, missing the United States GP as he was committed to the Super Formula finale. He finished on each occasion with 12th in Brazil his best result. Toro Rosso switched to Honda engines in 2018 and Gasly immediately impressed by qualifying fifth and finishing fourth in Bahrain. He started and finished sixth in Hungary but both team and driver lacked consistency.

Promotion to Red Bull and return to Toro Rosso

However, with Daniel Ricciardo deciding to switch to Renault at the end of the season, Gasly was promoted to Red Bull in 2019 as his replacement. That opportunity proved a burden for the Frenchman struggled throughout the first half of the season. There were top six finishes in China, Spain, Monaco and Hungary and he inherited fourth when Sebastian Vettel rear-ended Verstappen at Silverstone.

That was not enough for Red Bull’s management and he swapped seats with Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon from the Belgian GP. Relieved of the pressure to constantly deliver in a top-six car, Gasly’s return of confidence was palpable. He finished in the points at five of the remaining nine races and excelled in Brazil. Sixth on the grid at Interlagos, Gasly finished in a career-best second position after Lewis Hamilton hit Albon on the last lap.

Grand Prix winner for AlphaTauri

Seventh in the final standings, Gasly remained with the rebranded Scuderia AlphaTauri for 2020 and continued that rich vein of form when the season finally began. Having scored points in four of the opening seven races, he was on hand to inherit a shock victory when Hamilton was penalised at Monza.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2020 F1 World Championship
Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
12 0 1 1
9% win rate
2019 F1 World Championship
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
21 0 1 0
0% win rate
7th 95
2018 F1 World Championship
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
21 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 29
2017 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Toro Rosso
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
21st 0
2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship
Team Mugen
Real Racing
7 0 3 2
29% win rate
2nd 33
2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship
Renault e.DAMS
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 18
2016 GP2 Series
Prema Racing
22 5 9 4
19% win rate
1st 219
2016 GP2 Series 1st -
2015 GP2 Series
21 (1) 3 4 0
0% win rate
8th 110
2014 GP2 Series
Caterham Racing
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
2014 World Series by Renault
Arden Motorsport
17 1 8 0
0% win rate
2nd 192
2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 1st -