Gasly to partner Verstappen at Red Bull in 2019

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 21, 2018

French driver Pierre Gasly will replace the departing Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull next season, the Formula 1 team have announced.

The 22-year-old Gasly, who now drives for Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso, will line up alongside Max Verstappen after Australian Ricciardo leaves for Renault at the end of the 2018 campaign.

Gasly, who made his debut a year ago and is enjoying a strong first full campaign in F1, will partner Max Verstappen next season.

Gasly said: "To be awarded a drive at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing from 2019 is a dream come true for me, I'm so excited to be joining this top team". Another reason that the promotion makes sense is that he will already have raced with Honda power for a season, Red Bull switching to the Japanese manufacturer for 2019, so will be able to help the team adapt to the differences between that and current supplier Renault.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner commended the Frenchman for his showing thus far, proving his worth to step up next season.

"His stellar performances this year at the Honda-powered team, in only his first full season in Formula 1, have only enhanced his reputation as one of the most exciting young drivers in motorsport and we look forward to Pierre bringing his speed, skill and attitude to the team in 2019".

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"This incredible opportunity is another step forward in my ambition to win grands prix and compete for world championships", said Gasly.

"Red Bull has always looked to fight for championships or victories and that's what I want", added Gasly.

"As hugely exciting a moment as this is, I am fully aware of the challenge this special opportunity offers me and the expectations that faces any driver at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing".

Red Bull's confirmation of Gasly means it will need to find at least one new driver to place at Toro Rosso next season, though Hartley may yet earn a stay of execution because of the lack of options. "I'm looking forward to rewarding the faith that Dietrich Mateschitz, Christian Horner and Dr. Helmut Marko have placed in me".

"While our immediate focus remains fully on achieving our best result in the 2018 World Championship, we look forward to competing in 2019 with Max and Pierre at the wheel of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing". So, with Alonso already leaving McLaren and being replaced with Carlos Sainz, it is now likely that Norris will be loaned to Toro Rosso for a season with Stoffel Vandoorne continuing for a third season at McLaren.

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