The AlphaTauri Formulation 1 crew has introduced it can retain its present drivers Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda for the 2022 season.
Having made his F1 debut with the crew in its Toro Rosso guise in 2017, Gasly re-joined the Faenza crew midway by means of the 2019 season after being demoted by Purple Bull, with Alex Albon going the opposite manner.
After taking a maiden podium end with second within the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, Gasly shone within the pandemic-impacted 2020 season and claimed his first Grand Prix victory at Monza, scoring factors in 15 of the 17 races.
Gasly’s robust type has continued this time period, netting a podium end within the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and ending fourth in final weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix.
Japanese rookie Tsunoda changed Daniil Kvyat as Gasly’s team-mate for 2021 after impressing Purple Bull and Honda within the junior classes, graduating on to F1 after single seasons in Formulation 3 and Formulation 2.
Whereas displaying flashes of pace, earning praise from F1 boss Ross Brawn after ending ninth on his debut in Bahrain, Tsunoda has additionally had his fair proportion of struggles and made some high-profile errors by crashing out of qualifying at Imola and Paul Ricard.
However AlphaTauri crew boss Franz Tost indicated final month that he was keen to continue with both drivers in 2022, which the crew has now confirmed.
“I’m happy to announce right this moment that we’ll preserve each our drivers right here at Scuderia AlphaTauri for the 2022 season,” Tost mentioned.
“Pierre’s growth within the years has been spectacular and in his time with us he managed to make it to all three steps of the rostrum.
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
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“I’m assured there’s extra to come back and that is why we’re excited to have him with us for one more season. Moreover, he’s utilizing his expertise in F1 to assist Yuki together with his growth.
“Yuki has joined the crew as a rookie and is continuous to be taught day by day, the suggestions from the engineers exhibits that he’s absorbing all the data given to him and bettering.”
Gasly, who had been all however sure to remain at AlphaTauri after Purple Bull’s most important crew opted to increase Sergio Perez’ contract alongside Max Verstappen, believes his crew can obtain “nice issues” after having fun with a powerful 2021 season by which he has already scored 66 factors, holding eighth within the championship.
“I’m very comfortable to be transferring ahead with AlphaTauri for one more season in Formulation 1, particularly after seeing the progress that we’ve made as a crew since I first joined in 2017,” Gasly mentioned.
“Seeing the efficiency we’ve proven to date this season, I feel there are nice issues to realize for the remainder of this season and for subsequent yr, particularly with the upcoming modifications to the championship in 2022.
“I’m very excited to see what we are able to accomplish within the new period of F1.”
Tsunoda added: “It’s an unbelievable alternative and I’m so grateful to the crew for letting me proceed to develop my expertise in Formulation 1 with them.
“I’ve an excellent relationship with Pierre, I’ve learnt lots from him already this yr and his expertise has helped me to maintain creating my very own abilities, so it’s nice to be persevering with my F1 journey with him.”