The French driver, who made his debut with Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) in 2017 and was later promoted to Red Bull, but returned to AlphaTauri after a lack of performance.
During the 2022 season, it was announced that Gasly would be leaving the Red Bull team to join Alpine. In an interview with Auto Motor Und Sport, Gasly described how the deal came about, saying:
“I was in Greece on the first day of summer vacation. I needed a break because the season was not going my way. I needed to switch off. On the first day, I had my first contact with Alpine, at that time to Laurent Rossi [Alpine F1 CEO]. I passed everything on to my management. The talks started between Alpine, Red Bull and myself. We sounded out what could become of it.”
Gasly added that the talks, which took place throughout the summer, focused on the terms of the contract and that Red Bull was keen to keep him. He said:
“As it got closer, it was about the terms of the contract. I knew, of course, Red Bull’s position on wanting to keep me. So I knew it wasn’t going to be easy talks with Helmut [Marko]. But he understood how important this step was for me. Then we made it work. It was a win-win deal for everyone.”
AlphaTauri was able to secure former Mercedes reserve driver Nyck De Vries as Gasly’s replacement. De Vries made his F1 debut with Williams at the Italian Grand Prix in 2022 and performed well, earning his first points. He will be joining AlphaTauri for the 2023 season.