With the Oscar Piastri issue settled, Paddock’s attention inevitably turned to AlphaTauri. The whispered transfer of Pierre Gasly to Alpine, Colton Herta, who suddenly imposed himself as a successor, and the departure of Yuki Tsunoda.
It is natural to say that it is natural because he is not entitled to personnel matters, but the commander of AlphaTauri, Franz Tost, is completely indifferent to the composition of the pilots for 2023.
After the decision of the Contracts Approval Board (CRB) the day before, Franz Tost received many questions from the media about the composition of the drivers for next season at Zandvoort, stage of the Dutch F1 GP. However, even if he opens his mouth, he will give a very direct answer about Colton Herta in one or two words.
The 66-year-old team principal once said at the Canadian Grand Prix that Gasly would still be racing for AlphaTauri in 2023, and is that still true?
Franz Tost replied: “Oh, he has a contract with Scuderia AlphaTauri.”
When asked if Gasly would be released from his current contract due to a transfer to a rival team, he replied: “It’s up to Red Bull to decide.”
Does this mean that Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda will remain the same crew for 2023? “Right now,” said Franz Tost with a mischievous smile.
It is already clear that Alpine is in contact with Red Bull in search of Gasly, and Helmut Marko, who handles all personnel matters,He admits he is ready to be released from the current contract on terms.。
Colton Herta of Andretti Autosport, who will participate in the American IndyCar, would be a candidate to replace Gasly. According to Herta’s statement,There’s no doubt he’ll be on AlphaTauri’s roster next seasonis.
Speaking of the team from Faenza, Italy, and an American F1 driver, Scott Speed, who went to Europe after a career in the United States like Formula Mazda back when it was once called Toro Rosso, and got a ticket for its F1 debut, comes to mind.
In addition, Sébastien Bourdais, who returned to Europe with four consecutive victories in the championship car from 2004 to 2007, is also nominated from the American world of motorsport.
However, both drivers failed to live up to the expectations of Helmut Marko and other executives, and ended up being fired midway through the season.
For Colton Herta’s F1 debut next seasonThe biggest hurdle is a super licenseis. At the moment there are clearly not enough points and does not meet the requirements.
However, this is largely because the same points allocation as F2, which is a junior series, is set. No one in the paddock thinks F2 and the IndyCar series have the same level of competition. First of all, the positions of the two are different.
In practice, however, Herta doesn’t have as much European racing experience as Speed and Bourdais. Does Franz Tost consider Herta a driver worthy of a super licence?
Franz Tost was asked: “I don’t care which Red Bull driver sends me. My job is to educate drivers. That’s what it is. (Italian) Enough, anyone.” replied.
He then joked to the questioner, “Maybe Red Bull could make you an offer.”
When asked his opinion on Colton Herta’s driving, he simply replied, “I don’t know him and I’ve never seen him race.” This brought a smile to Williams CEO Joost Kapit, who was seated next to him.
If Guthrie, the main pillar of the team, leaves and Yuki Tsunoda stays, it will be Yuki Tsunoda who will have to lead the team instead.
Does Yuki Tsunoda have leadership qualities? “First Red Bull has to officially announce its driving,” Tost said, adding: “If the car is good enough, yes.”