With the French driver poised to wear the Alpine colors in 2023, Pierre Gasly‘s stint at AlphaTauri has come to an end. However, the Frenchman says he’ll miss his now-former teammate Yuki Tsunoda and his “no filter” attitude.
They have been teammates for two seasons, during which time they have developed a tight bond. Gasly also shared what he will miss most about working with Tsunoda, who he describes as a “really unusual guy,” as he prepares to join Alpine.
“He doesn’t live that far from my home in Milan, so Gasly was confident they would have more time to meet up during the off-season. However, Yuki is bull****-free, which is something I will truly value. Everything that is in his thinking comes out of his mouth in an instant.”
“He has a very distinct personality, a fantastic sense of humour, and no filter, which can be rather unexpected at times. He is also a wonderful human being. Really loved seeing him develop over the past two years as a member of the team.”
“I also think he has grown quite a bit as a person. He is absolutely someone I value, and I will happily refer to him as a friend now.”
Tsunoda made significant progress in 2022, and according to Pierre Gasly, he will continue to do so in the upcoming season
In response to the question of whether Tsunoda had the necessary qualities to command AlphaTauri, Gasly stated that only time will be able to determine this.
His journey to Formula 1 was rather accelerated. He transitioned from Formula 4 to Formula 3, then F2, then F1 at a relatively early age with no prior expertise.
“I suppose that only time will tell, but there is no doubt that he has much improved this year. We wouldn’t be shocked to see him get better again the following year. I believe he is aware of the area he has to improve on: some self-control. He is aware of this, though, and he is surrounded by kind people. This atmosphere will help him become a better driver overall.”
While acknowledging that he and the team had a “difficult” season, finishing ninth in the constructors’ championship.
Gasly was full of praise for the Italian team after their “amazing” time together. It dates back to 2017, either side of a brief stint with Red Bull. Gasly finished his final race with AlphaTauri in 14th at the Abu Dhabi GP.
“We tried, yes. I don’t have a lot to say, though, tonight.” When questioned about his performance, Gasly responded, “It symbolizes our season, which was challenging. “But I’m aware that up to the very last lap and until the finish, we didn’t give up battling. In the end, I’ll remember these previous five years more, starting with my first race in Malaysia in 2017 and continuing to the present.”