Frenchman Pierre Gasly will lead the 2019 Formula One World Cup alongside Dutchman Max Verstappen, leaving behind Daniel Ricciardo, who will move to Renault, Red Bull announced on Monday.
“By the time we joined our team, Scuderia Toro Rosso from the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix, he made a great debut in his first full season of sports this year, especially his brilliant leadership in the race,” said the Austrian team. Bahrain, where he finished fourth, and finish two more races among the top ten in the first half of the season.
The 22-year-old Frenchman is on his first full season in Formula One with Toro Rosso of Red Bull after taking part in five races last season.
After finishing second in the second race of the season in Bahrain, the young French driver came seventh in the Monaco race and sixth in the last race before the summer break in Hungary.
Gasly will replace Ricciardo, who has decided to leave the Austrian team at the end of the season after joining Toro Rosso in 2014.
“Since Pierre first sat in a Formula One car seat with Scuderia Toro Rosso less than a year ago, his undeniable talent has proved to be the best in the world,” said Red Bull manager Christian Horner. Sponsored by Red Bull since the beginning of his career, “adding that Gasly was” one of the most exciting young drivers in motorsport. ”
Red Bull have suffered this season because of problems and withdrawals, but have managed to win three races, two of them through Ricciardo, who is fifth in the standings with Verstappen before nine races at the end of the season.
But for Gasly, “Red Bull has always been looking forward to fighting for championships or victories and that’s what I want.” I’m a really competitive guy, and when I do something, I always fight for the best and the best.
Although the season is still far from its final race in Abu Dhabi on November 25, the announcement of the inclusion of Gaselli to succeed Ricciardo means that many of the major teams have settled for their drivers next season, including Mercedes champion, who announced before the German race in June 22 that he extended to his drivers Lewis Hamilton, the title holder and current leader and Finnish Valtteri Potas.
McLaren has also decided to replace former Spanish world champion Fernando Alonso, who took the decision to stay away from Formula One next season by joining Carlos Sainz, who will leave his place in Renault for Riccardo, where he will lead the Australian alongside German Nico Hulkenberg.
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