The Royal Park in Monza, in Northern Italy, has become the latest stop for the Formula One circus. Media duties for drivers and teams tend to pile up on this day. The Alpha Tauri team has stated that Pierre Gasly, who was scheduled to be at the press briefing, would not be attending.
To replace Fernando Alonso in 2023, Alpine has made Gasly a top priority. However, Christian Horner made it clear that Gasly’s contract with Red Bull Racing does not expire until the end of 2020.
The team principal of the championship frontrunner made it clear at Zandvoort that Gasley would not be released unless the FIA issued Colton Herta an F1 Super License. Herta, who drives for Andretti Autosport, does not have enough points to qualify for a Super License, thus the FIA will need to perform some creative legal manoeuvring to allow Herta to drive for Alpha Tauri in 2023.
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Horner said, “We won’t replace Pierre unless we can put something exciting in that car.”
No one knows what kind of message this sends to the drivers in the Red Bull Academy.
Alpha Tauri put out a statement today saying, “Pierre Gasly will not be on track today because his doctor told him not to because he is sick.”
Since F1’s silly season is in full swing, people will probably think that Red Bull is keeping Gasly quiet about his current situation because they don’t want the press to ask him questions.
Either that or Pierre is having detailed contract talks with Alpine because the FIA is expected to decide on Herta’s application this weekend.
We don’t know if Gasly is too sick to practise on Friday or even to take part in the whole GP weekend.
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