The Formula One juggernaut has rolled into Norther Italy and the Royal Park in Monza. Today is the day when the drivers and teams to a lot of their media work. However Pierre Gasly, who was due to appear at the press conference will be absent says the Alpha Tauri team.
Gasly is a key target for Alpine to replace Fernando Alonso in 2023, however Christian Horner explicitly explained Pierre was under contract with Red Bull Racing until the end of next season.
The boss of the title leading team also made it explicit in Zandvoort that Gasley would not be released unless the FIA grant Colton Herta his F1 Super License. Herta who races for Andretti Autosport does not have the necessary points to qualify for a Super License and it will require some legal gymnastics for the FIA to create a scenario where Herta can race for Alpha Tauri in 2023.
“We aren’t going to replace Pierre unless we have something exciting to put in that car,” said Horner.
What kind of message this sends to the several drivers in the Red Bull Academy is anyone’s guess.
Alpha Tauri released a statement today stating, “Following doctors advice, Pierre Gasly will not be on track today as he’s currently unwell.”
Of course with F1’s silly season in full flow, the speculation will be Gasly is either being muted by Red Bull over his current predicatment and the team do not want the press questioning him.
Either that, or Pierre is in detailed contract talks with Alpine because the FIA are expected to decide on Herta’s application this weekend.
There is no information as to whether Gasly is too ill to participate in Friday practice or even the full GP weekend.
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