Franz Tost insists that Pierre Gasly will be racing for AlphaTauri for the 2023 season, despite suggestions the Frenchman could move elsewhere.
Gasly's F1 future has been one of the key talking points when discussing the team line-ups for 2023.
The Frenchman's hopes of earning a return to the 'main' Red Bull team were dashed after confirmation of Sergio Perez's contract extension following the Monaco Grand Prix.
With the Red Bull avenue closed, Gasly might have sought a move away from the Red Bull junior team. Whilst contracted with AlphaTauri until the end of 2023, his deal reportedly contains a clause that will allow him to leave the team at the end of 2022 if there is no opening at Red Bull.
Up to now, the AlphaTauri squad had made no announcement on their driver line-up for 2023.
Speaking ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Team Principal Tost said that Gasly's place at the outfit for next season was certain.
"He will be a driver for Scuderia AlphaTauri in 2023. This is 100 per cent confirmed," Tost told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"He has a valid contract, there's nothing more to say."
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Azerbaijan GP allowed Gasly to "show what he can do"
The AlphaTauri team have had a somewhat anonymous season so far. Some reliability issues have denied them points, and they currently sit in seventh place in the Constructors' Championship.
At the previous race in Baku, Gasly was able to secure the team's best result of the season with a fifth place, moving them 12 points clear of Haas in the standings.
Tost added that Gasly's fifth place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was a truer reflection of his abilities than the season has shown so far.
"I must say he's showing fantastic performance," added Tost.
"Unfortunately, at the beginning of the season we had a lot of reliability issues, for example, in Bahrain when the battery caught fire, then there were some other reliability issues.
"It was not his fault, it was coming from the team and I am really happy now that at least in Baku we could show how good he is, and I hope that we will provide him with a competitive car for the rest of the season
"He has the ability to be in front and it's just in the hands of the team to give him a really good competitive car."
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