Despite being one of the most highly regarded drivers in Formula 1, last year’s Italian GP winner Pierre Gasly has recently been submitted to criticism by Red Bull driver program boss Helmut Marko.
Honda-powered teams Red Bull and AlphaTauri left Sakhir with plenty of optimism for the 2021 season, having an engine that seems to be able to challenge Mercedes, with Max Verstappen and his RB16B on pole for the race and Pierre Gasly in P5 with his AT02.
Many considered Gasly’s qualifying performance remarkable but Helmut Marko came out in an interview saying: “I would say Max would have definitely gained two or three tenths in qualifying. He would have done the time of Gasly minus two and a half tenths.”
“But he certainly wouldn’t have been on pole,” he added.
Rumors have it that Gasly might leave the Red Bull fold at the end of the season, following a series of ups-and-downs with the team. After winning in Monza last season, and proving himself as a driver throughout the year, the Frenchman was not recalled at Red Bull when the seat became vacant.
After his recent criticism of Red Bull, regarding the way he was treated at the team, and with Helmut Marko rating Yuki Tsunoda extremely highly, it is pretty clear why Gasly would be willing to part ways with them.
Whether or not Marko’s comments on Gasly were meant to devalue the French driver’s qualifying performance in Bahrain, it is pretty clear that the relationship between the two parties is starting to break apart.