Alpine Officially Signs Pierre Gasly

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Alpine Officially Signs Pierre GaslyPeter Fox - Getty Images

After months of rumors and complicated deal-making between his current and future team, Pierre Gasly will officially join the Alpine Formula 1 program in 2023. Gasly replaces the outgoing Fernando Alonso and heads to a new team after parts of six seasons in Red Bull's system, mostly spent at Scuderia AlphaTauri.

Gasly is a major get for Alpine, who cast a wide net to consider many other drivers before landing on AlphaTauri's current lead. Gasly has finished in the top ten in the series standings twice with the former Red Bull junior team, plus a career-best seventh in a half-season with AlphaTauri he had begun with the Red Bull senior team. He has two career podiums, including a memorable win in the 2020 Italian Grand Prix that marked the team's first since Sebastian Vettel was still a development driver.

He'll join Esteban Ocon, a fellow French driver and a race winner in his own right after a triumphant run in the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix. While Ocon and Gasly were once rumored to have an icy relationship that apparently included cropping each other out of Instagram posts, a tweet from Ocon suggests the two will be on amicable terms as teammates.

While he was initially signed to continue with his current team next season, AlphaTauri eventually chose to instead allow Gasly to leave to make room for what was initially expected to be IndyCar standout Colton Herta before a licensing problem opened up the seat for former F2 and Formula E champion Nyck de Vries. Notably, the Red Bull-aligned team both chose to let go of a former Red Bull development system prospect and chose to replace him with a driver from outside of their system rather than any of the program's current Formula 2 drivers.

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