BREAKING: Red Bull confirm Gasly promotion

Monday, 20 august 2018, 15:10 , by Matthew Scott

Red Bull have confirmed that Pierre Gasly will replace Daniel Ricciardo to partner Max Verstappen in the 2019 campaign. The Frenchman's promotion from Toro Rosso had been widely expected since Carlos Sainz Jr opted to leave the Red Bull stable permanently and sign for McLaren last week.

Gasly has been tipped as a Red Bull star of the future for many years, having joined their junior program in 2013 and going on to win the GP2 title in 2016.

He combined a season in Japan's Super Formula with making his F1 bow at Toro Rosso in 2017, kicking on to new heights in 2018 in the drive full-time.

His fourth-place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix is Honda's best result since returning to the sport as an engine supplier in 2015 and will give the senior team confidence that he can bank big results alongside Verstappen next year.

Christian Horner, Team Principal said: "Since Pierre first stepped into a Formula One seat with Scuderia Toro Rosso less than a year ago he has proved the undoubted talent that Red Bull has nurtured since his early career.

"His stellar performances this year at the Honda-powered team, in only his first full season in Formula One, 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.

"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."

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Comments (22)

  • Gabriel Camacho Agraz
    Starting next season, Ferrari drivers will combine together for 29 F1 seasons (Kimi 16 seasons, Seb 12 seasons) Mercedes drivers will combine 18 (Lewis 12, Valtteri 6) and Red Bull drivers will combine for an amazing 5 seasons total! Has Herr Dietrich Mateschitz gone cheap?
  • Neil James Anderson
    Guess the Muppets writing these articles must be smoking too much weed or snorting some weird shite that they can't even tell were already half way through the 2018 season and the driver line up was decided last year hahahahaha.
  • Garry Halverson
    Two rookies now. Wouldn't like to be their manager. .. (ok ok not quite rookies but still immuture racers)
  • Jonathan Carre
    I would imagine they already confirmed their 2018 line up, since we're halfway through the season and all...
  • Scott Reynolds
    I hope Pierre is ok with being ignored and/or treated like a red-headed stepchild.
  • Matthew Wood
    Soo that headline is every kind of wrong...2018 line up
  • Luis Bragagnolo
    They just confirmed 2018 line-up? A little too late...
  • Greg Tanner
    Lol so Crashstappen has a little boy to boss around
  • Rob Janssen
    Harm Schoonheijt ik zei het toch
  • Joshua Dreeks
    Good to see them organized 8 months later......
  • Eric Matthews
    Red Bull has there blocker now
  • Bob Cilia
    Red Bull driver training centre
  • Ben Fisher
    They confirmed their 2018 lineup ages ago
  • Tom Tomarse Burnside
    Do you mean 2019?
  • Benjamin Weber
    Back to the future!!
  • Philip Wilkinson
    Greg Wilkinson
  • Nigel Hagans
    Rafael Beloto
  • Bruno Borges
    2019 line-up, not 2018
  • Dimitri Mouradides
    Tony Ashkar

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