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Pierre Gasly

Gasly 'wonders why' he wasn't given Red Bull drive

AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly has admitted to feeling a little disappointed that he was overlooked for a seat at Red Bull, with Sergio Perez having his contract extended for 2022.

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Pierre Gasly has admitted to being somewhat disappointed that he didn't get offered the second Red Bull seat for 2022, with the team opting to continue with Sergio Perez next season.

Gasly has impressed at Red Bull sister team AlphaTauri over the past two seasons and, despite being a more consistent performer than Perez in the Red Bull, he didn't get offered the chance to return to being Max Verstappen's teammate.

Instead, the French driver will stay on at AlphaTauri for 2022.

"I wonder why," Gasly pondered to Sky Sports when asked about why Red Bull had chosen to continue with Perez over promoting him back to the seat from which he was dropped two years ago.

While Gasly has earned continuous praise from Red Bull due to his consistently strong showings, Gasly explained that the move simply wasn't offered to him.

"There were discussions. It was up to them, unfortunately it didn't happen," he said.

"I think they were really happy with my performance but, obviously, not only this... you know like me how difficult it is and they made their decision.

"Obviously, it was a small disappointment for me because that's where I want to be, I want to have a fast car... I'm not saying AlphaTauri don't give me a really strong car.

"It doesn't mean it's not going to happen in the future but for sure, next year, I'm not going to drive there."

Gasly will stay on at AlphaTauri but, illustrating how at home he is with the AT02, qualified in fourth place for the Dutch Grand Prix this weekend. By contrast, Perez could only manage 16th in the Red Bull.

"For whatever reason, the car really felt great in qualy, [we] managed to find some extra time," Gasly explained.

"[It is] unbelievable to qualify in front of the two Ferraris, it's really good."

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