Red Bull’s advisor Dr. Helmut Marko has noticed Pierre Gasly’s performance improvements since he departed from the main team in 2019.
Gasly had a difficult start to the 2019 season with Red Bull forcing the team to demote him back to Toro Rosso and then AlphaTauri. However, ever since being demoted, the French has performed exceptionally well grabbing a win with the junior team at Monza last year and a podium in Baku this season. Gasly has managed to showcase his talent despite his troubling time with the parent team. Marko has not failed to notice Gasly’s talent at AlphaTauri.
Marko in an interview with Motorsport-Total.com concurred with the Frenchman regarding his improved performances: “I agree with him completely, this is the best Gasly we have seen so far.”
Unfortunately for Gasly, a call-up to Red Bull is not a possibility for the near future. The main reason, as highlighted by Marko, is the ability to go up against Max Verstappen.
“At the moment, this question [of a possible comeback] does not arise. But of course, there is a danger when you’re next to Verstappen, you can see how [Sergio] Perez struggles in qualifying.
“But Gasly has changed. I had a long conversation with him recently in Graz. He wouldn’t react or perform the way he did back at Red Bull Racing.”
Gasly is able to match the likes of McLaren and Ferrari in his AlphaTauri. Marko has attributed the team’s current competitive disadvantage to the performance of their second car. Tsunoda and Gasly are driving different races through this season. Given Tsunoda’s inexperience Marko believes that if both their drivers were equally competitive during the race, they would stand a chance to fight for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship.
“Yes, that would be possible. One side is that Tsunoda doesn’t regularly finish in the points, which Gasly already does.
“The other is that AlphaTauri has had two or three races where they haven’t been able to call up the potential of the car. But in general, yes, that’s the goal. And that’s also the reason why we’re sticking with Gasly as team leader of AlphaTauri.”