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Pierre Gasly

Gasly keen for Marko talks over Red Bull exit

Pierre Gasly was given just half a season at the senior Red Bull squad before being demoted back to Toro Rosso. The Frenchman has spoken about his desire to talk to the team about his exit.

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Pierre Gasly has stated it is his intention to have talks with Dr Helmut Marko regarding his exit from Red Bull in 2019.

Gasly was promoted to the senior team in place of Daniel Ricciardo after just one full season on the grid with Toro Rosso.

However, his stay lasted just half a season as he was unable to stay close to the pace of team-mate Max Verstappen and was dropped for Alexander Albon midway through the campaign.

Gasly remained at Toro Rosso (rebranded to AlphaTauri in 2020) until the end of last year before leaving the Red Bull family entirely for a seat at Alpine.

Speaking to the Beyond the Grid podcast, Gasly has stated that he would like to have a discussion with Marko regarding the saga over his drive.

“No, I hope one day we get the chance to [talk],” Gasly said if he has ever had a chat with Marko about the subject.

“But I know, deep inside, they’re smart people. It's the way that it was, that wasn't really fair. But that’s the sport and I've learned as well that this sport is not always fair.

“I really closed the chapter when I left AlphaTauri and opened a brand-new story with Alpine.

“I think I've reached a level of experience, skills and mindfulness right now, which thanks to my previous experiences, allows me to be better today than I was yesterday.”

Gasly pleased with Alpine integration

Although Alpine has struggled for form during the current season, Gasly feels he has fit in well at the French manufacturer as he approaches the end of his first season with it.

“I feel the team managed to understand my needs and understand that, to extract the maximum of Pierre Gasly, you need to give him a certain space and freedom,” he said.

“I'm quite easy going and I don't need much, but my focus and desire to be the best is over the top. I’ve worked all my life to be the best in Formula 1 and that's all I want.

‘But there's this sort of freedom which the team understood I need, and we really managed to create this environment around me to extract the maximum of myself in the car.

“Also outside the car, so that I can be quite comfortable at being myself and share that positivity around everyone in the team.”

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