Pierre Gasly says he's thrilled to be leading AlphaTauri's charge into 2022, with the huge regulation changes creating an unknown for next season.
Formula 1's current regulation cycle ends at the conclusion of this season, with the 2022 cars set to look very different as the sport moves away from a dependence on aerodynamic downforce and more towards generating mechanical grip.
It means that 2022 could see any team with technical independence steal a march on the opposition, and Gasly says his leadership role at AlphaTauri means he's tremendously excited for the future.
While admitting over the Dutch Grand Prix to being somewhat disappointed to not have received a callback to Red Bull in place of the struggling Sergio Perez, Gasly's confirmed future at AlphaTauri highlights stability in his career as he goes into a third consecutive season at the sister Red Bull team since his return in mid-2019.
"I am very happy to be moving forward with Scuderia AlphaTauri for another season in Formula 1, especially after seeing the progress that we've made as a team since I first joined in 2017," Gasly said.
"Seeing the performance we've shown so far this season, I think there are great things to achieve for the rest of this season and for next year, especially with the upcoming changes to the championship in 2022."
"I'm very excited to see what we can accomplish in the new era of F1 and to keep working with the team as best as I can to bring us forward in the team standings.
"This year has been very successful so far and I really believe we can work well together to do even better in 2022."
Gasly has scored 54 of the 72 points earned by AlphaTauri this season, including a podium finish in Azerbaijan to add to his Italian Grand Prix win in 2020.
Such form has impressed team boss Franz Tost, who also explained that his experience is partly why the team have recommtted to Yuki Tsunoda for 2022.
"Pierre's development in the years has been impressive and in his time with us he managed to make it to all three steps of the podium," Tost said.
"Starting with the second place in Brazil in 2019, he then won our home Grand Prix the following year in Monza and this year he has already achieved a podium with a third place in Baku.
"I am confident there's more to come and this is why we are excited to have him with us for another season."