Gasly in Briatore's plans

Gasly in Briatore’s plans

While Esteban Ocon will leave the fold of Alpine at the end of the season, the future of Pierre Gasly already seems sealed. Barely arrived in the role of executive advisor, Flavio Briatore said he was counting on the winner of the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.

The Alpine team does not intend to revolutionize everything in 2025. At the beginning of June, a few days after a fratricidal clash in Monaco, the Enstone-based team confirmed the separation with Esteban Ocon at the end of the season and the Norman driver’s contract. A situation in which Pierre Gasly also finds himself, arrived within the French team at the start of the 2023 season after having evolved within the fold of Red Bull. However, the arrival of Flavio Briatore in a role of executive advisor directly reporting to Luca de Meo, general director of the Renault group, has shaken things up.

While he said at the microphone of Canal+ to be what Alpine is missing, that is to say “a genius in F1”, the Italian businessman spoke at length about his projects and affirmed that the driver of the single-seater bearing the number 10 in is part. “ I have a list of names I need to evaluate, but we have Pierre Gasly in the short termhe confided in an interview with the Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport. We will calmly see who his teammate will be. »

Briatore: “We follow a lot of young drivers”

On this subject, several names come up repeatedly on the Enstone side. The first is the current reserve of the Alpine team, the Australian Jack Doohan. The son of former MotoGP world champion Mick Doohan is a pure product of the Renault group brand’s young rider pipeline. Another candidate is Mick Schumacher, reserve at Mercedes in parallel with an endurance commitment with Alpine. According to information from Canal+, the Australian and the German will be put into direct competition during a comparative test session organized at the beginning of July. In any case, Flavio Briatore seems to be in favor of giving a young driver a chance alongside Pierre Gasly next season.

« We follow a lot of young drivers, I won’t say who, but they are goodconfided the one who finds a place in the organization chart of the team. First, we have to improve the car and then we will talk about the drivers. » Progress which already seems tangible after the good performance of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon during the qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix this Saturday but which still needs to be confirmed.

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