On Monday afternoon, Red Bull Racing announced that Pierre Gasly will become the new driver of the team in 2019. The Frenchman becomes the partner of the Dutchman Max Verstappen and replaces the Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who recently beat Renault.
The young 22-year-old was chosen by RBR as a junior driver in 2011. In 2013 he won the Formula Renault 2.0. He was promoted to reserve driver of the F1 team in 2016 and made his professional debut in the category in 2017 by Toro Rosso, replacing the Russian Daniil Kvyat. The Frenchman ran at the end of the second half and remained in the position of the first driver of the team this year.
"My goal was to ride for this team since joining the Red Bull Junior Driver in 2013 and this incredible opportunity is another step in my ambition to win the Grands Prix and compete for world championships through championships or victories and that is what I want, I am a very competitive guy and if I do something, it must always fight for the best and best positions, "Pierre said in an official statement made available by the team.
The head of the team, Christian Horner, praised Gasly and showed optimism with the new recruitment. "His spectacular performance this year in the Honda team in its first full season in Formula 1 has only improved its reputation as one of the most exciting young riders in motorsport and we expect Pierre to bring speed, skills and attitude "for the team in 2019," he said.
Gasly is currently 13th in the 2018 season with 26 points ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda. The next stage of the competition is this Sunday at 10.10 am (from Brasilia) in the Belgian Grand Prix.
– Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) August 20, 2018