AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly has said he's hopeful his 2022 plans can be confirmed by the end of the summer break. The French driver remains under contract with Red Bull, but it's not yet confirmed whether he will be staying with the junior team AlphaTauri, or has a chance to step back up to the senior team.
Speaking ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Gasly has said it's a case of 'wait and see' on his end, and is hopeful of getting answers over the next four weeks.
"I think it's pretty clear on my end," Gasly told media, including RacingNews365.
"It's in Red Bull's hands and Max has signed for next year in the top team. Sergio, I think, has a one year contract, so we'll see what happens and then what we do going forward together.
"I'm obviously contracted with them for some more time and I'm pretty confident we will get some answers at some point during the summer break or after the summer break."
Asked about what discussions he's having with Red Bull and Helmut Marko about the future, Gasly explained that it's all about finding a common ground. Having driven for Red Bull in 2019, the French driver struggled for pace and confidence. Given the struggles of Alex Albon and, to a lesser extent, Sergio Perez, Gasly has made it clear he'd like another chance at the main team.
"I think they want a leader in AlphaTauri to push the team forward and really try to bring this team up and I think there is a great working relationship now and a real will to push AlphaTauri forward," he said
"Obviously, as a driver, you always want to be in the best car and fighting for the best position and that's what we are discussing.
"But, ultimately on my side, I'm only focusing on performing weekend after weekend, race after race, and, and showing my potential and it's in their hands whether they want me to step up or whether they are happy with the pair they are having and it depends on how Sergio is performing and how they are planning the future of AlphaTauri.
"We're discussing a lot of things. I think generally it's really positive. It's always better when there is communication and things are going well. But at the moment there is no more answer than that but I expect some more news over the next few weeks."
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