Frenchman Pierre Gasly has extended his contract with Alpha Tauri and will continue to race for the Scuderia in 2023.

The 26-year-old Pierre Gasly made his debut in 2017 at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Toro Rosso, as Alpha Tauri was known before 2020. Apart from an interlude in 2019 at parent team Red Bull, from which he returned to Toro Rosso in the summer after rather mediocre performances, he has always belonged to the racing team from Faenza. In total, the Frenchman has contested 95 Grand Prix to date. In 2020, Gasly took his first victory at his home Grand Prix in Italy. He has been on the podium three times in total.

“Pierre can undoubtedly play an important role in ensuring the team has a successful season next year,” team boss Franz Tost was quoted as saying in a statement. “He is definitely one of the best and most competitive drivers in Formula One.” There had recently been speculation about a departure for Gasly, who had hoped for a place with a top team after strong performances.

But there is no cockpit available at Red Bull, Mercedes or Ferrari. Red Bull also recently extended the contract of Max Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez, thus finally slamming the door shut on Gasly’s return.

After nine of 22 rounds of the season, Gasly is currently in eleventh place in the overall World Championship standings with 16 points.

The next Formula 1 race, the British Grand Prix, takes place on 3 July at Silverstone.

In the world championship standings, world champion Max Verstappen (Netherlands) currently leads with 175 points ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez (Mexico, 129) and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc (Monaco), who has 126 points to his name.