Pierre Gasly

Full Name: 
Pierre Gasly
Birth Date: 
7 February, 1996
Birth Place: 
Rouen, France
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Pierre Gasly Biography

Pierre Gasly began his racing career aged 10 when he entered the French Minime karting series and after three years of finding his feet at a national level he moved into the European scene in the KF3 category of the CIK-FIA European championship.

By 2011, Gasly stepped up to single-seater racing in the French F4 series finishing third in his rookie year with wins at Spa, Albi and Paul Ricard. A switch to the Formula Renault championship saw him quickly climb the ranks to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2014 and in the same year he became a Red Bull junior having signed for Arden. In his maiden year in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series he finished runner-up to fellow Red Bull driver Carlos Sainz Jr.

After a handful of GP2 Series outings at the end of 2014 the French driver made the full-time move for the following season with DAMS and finished eighth in the overall drivers’ championship with four podiums to his name plus three pole positions having also acted as F1 reserve driver for Red Bull.

A move to Prema Powerteam in 2016 paid off as he charged to the GP2 Series title, along with his continued role as Red Bull’s back-up driver, the first championship title of note in his career, but with his path to F1 blocked for the start of 2017 the French driver travelled to Japan for a maiden Super Formula campaign with Team Mugen Honda. Gasly finished runner-up in the championship but was denied a shot at the title after the double-header season finale in Suzuka was cancelled due to a typhoon. Gasly also made his Formula E debut with Renault e.dams with a double points finish in New York.

Gasly was called up to Toro Rosso for his F1 debut at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix to replace Daniil Kvyat and saw out the remainder of the season with the Italian squad apart from the United States race which clashed with the final round of Super Formula.

Gasly was confirmed at Toro Rosso for the team's first full year with Honda power in 2018, and quickly emerged as its team leader. The highlight came early in Bahrain as he finished a remarkable P4, matching the second-best result in the team's history as well as scoring Honda's best finish in F1 for a decade. Gasly was a regular points-scorer despite Toro Rosso's own inconsistency, and became a front-runner for a Red Bull seat after Daniel Ricciardo announced his decision to leave the team. Red Bull gave Gasly the nod, promoting the Frenchman into a seat alongside Max Verstappen for 2019, giving him a chance to make good on his recognised talent at the front-end of the grid.

It was a chance that quickly passed Gasly by, though. Struggles to adjust to the Red Bull RB15 car following some crashes in pre-season testing meant Gasly could not get close to Verstappen. He was lapped by his teammate on multiple occasions through the opening 12 races of the year, after which Red Bull decided that enough was enough, sending him back to Toro Rosso as Alexander Albon moved in the opposite direction.

Gasly flourished upon returning to Toro Rosso, though, regularly featuring in the points. His starring moment came in Brazil, when he capitalised on late drama to snatch a shock podium finish, beating Lewis Hamilton in a drag race to the finish line to take P2. It was a timely reminder to the F1 world that Gasly remained competitive and capable, even if his stint with Red Bull had not worked out.

Building on his strong end to 2019, Gasly was one of the stars of the 2020 F1 season as he consistently lead the newly named AlphaTauri's charge and delivered plenty of excellent results, none more so than claiming a shock victory at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. 

It was a year of redemption for Gasly, who proved his doubters wrong as he swept aside teammate Daniil Kvyat with ease and finished 10th in the championship, scoring 75 of the Faenza outfit's 107 points.