Helmut Marko has hinted that Pierre Gasly may be in with a chance of a second opportunity at Red Bull in the future.
Gasly was promoted to the team back in 2019, but struggled to match the pace of teammate Max Verstappen. He was demoted to the then-called Toro Rosso squad before the season was over, whilst Alex Albon replaced him at the main outfit.
There was a further change to the line-up in 2021, with Sergio Perez brought in to take over from Albon. The Mexican is now in his second year at Red Bull.
Meanwhile, Gasly has gone from strength to strength at AlphaTauri, where he has become the team leader. He also clinched his debut F1 victory at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.
Will Gasly be given a second chance at Red Bull?
Gasly's strong performances over the past two years have led to speculation over his future, with former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger recently suggesting that the Frenchman deserves a second chance at Red Bull.
Marko has acknowledged Berger's comments, but reiterated that Perez remains contracted to the team until the end of 2022.
"Gerhard is not wrong," Marko told Germany's Formel1.de. "But in the meantime we also have a contract with Checo.
"So we have to compare the performances of these two drivers."
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Marko: Red Bull don't want to lose Gasly
Marko says that Red Bull will continue to assess their driver situation in terms of Perez and Gasly.
With Gasly under contract until the end of next year, the team advisor admits that there is the risk of losing him to another outfit if they cannot offer him a good opportunity.
"With Sergio we still have until the middle of this year [to evaluate his performance], while with Pierre we have a contract until 2023," Marko added.
"It's clear that if we can't offer Pierre a great opportunity at the end of his contract, we will probably lose him. And we don't want that either."
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