Now that he is signed up for 2021, Pierre Gasly wants to take on greater “responsibilities” and be a leader at AlphaTauri.
The Frenchman returned to the team midway through the 2019 season and quickly has made an impact.
He scored his first podium in Formula 1 that year with P2 in the Brazilian Grand Prix, while in 2020 a first career victory at the Italian Grand Prix headlines a campaign where Gasly has scored 63 points so far.
AlphaTauri certainly seem to have upped their game as the season has gone on, and Gasly hopes to take on greater responsibilities and drive the “ambitious” team forward in 2021.
“This year has been very successful so far; we’ve scored a second win for the team, my first in Formula 1, and we have, at the moment, scored the most points for a driver in the team’s history since they joined Formula 1,” he is quoted by the Formula 1 website.
“So this season is going extremely well, and I’m looking forward to next year to try and do even better, try to achieve more. AlphaTauri has great ambitions – and I’m happy to take more responsibilities with the team and try to bring them as much success as they deserve.”
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Gasly had just one season with the team then known as Toro Rosso in 2018 before the call came from Red Bull, meaning 2021 will mark the first time when he has stayed with a team for more than one season.
It’s no surprise then that the Frenchman is looking forward to being able to contribute to his 2021 challenger and become a real team leader.
“It’s going to be the first time in my F1 career that I keep going with the same team for a second year,” he said.
“So I feel we have a very good understanding on each side for what we need and require to be competitive and the team really knows what tools to give me to perform; what I need to have in my hands to go fast.
“And then we always have to improve, and we know the areas we’ve got to improve, and it’s an important part of my job to lead them in the right direction in terms of development and areas we have to develop, and to improve, to go faster and faster and to achieve our targets, which is to finish as high as possible in the teams’ Championship.”
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