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Pierre Gasly

DRIVER PAGE
27/02/2018

PORTRAIT

STATISTICS (PRIOR TO 2018)

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5
0
0
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21

DETAILS

Pierre Gasly

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07/02/1996
22
1.77m
70kg
Single
Rouen, France
Rouen, France

Official website:
www.pierregasly.com

BIOGRAPHY

Pierre's racing career began in karts, when, aged ten, he contested the French Minime Championship, finishing the season 15th overall. The following season he finished sixth, and in 2008, now in Cadets, he finished fourth.

In 2009 he made the move to international karting, finishing 3rd overall in the CIK-FIA World Cup (KF3) series and SKUSA Super Nationals XIII - TaG Junior and Grand Prix Open Karting (KF3).

Finishing runner-up in the CIK-FIA European Championship (KF3) in 2010, the following year Pierre made the move to single-seaters, contesting the French F4 Championship. Wins at Spa, Albi and Le Castellet were enough to see him finish fourth in the championship.

2012 saw him in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, but with little success.

He remained in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2013, taking the title with wins at Moscow, the Hungaroring and Le Castellet. The final, title deciding event, saw a controversial clash with title rival Oliver Rowland, who incurred a drive-through penalty.

In 2014, by now part of the Red Bull Driver Programme, Pierre switched to Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Christian Horner's Arden team, the youngster finishing runner-up to Carlos Sainz Jr.

That same year, Pierre made his GP2 debut at Monza, replacing Caterham Racing driver Tom Dillmann who had "other commitments". He subsequently took part in the post-season GP2 test with DAMS, opting to join the team for 2015 alongside (Williams test driver) Alex Lynn.

Whilst it was a mixed season for Pierre, the Frenchman involved in more than his fair share of incidents, 2015 at least saw the Frenchman make his F1 debut having been named as reserve driver for the Red Bull teams. At the post-Spanish GP test, Pierre, driving the Toro Rosso, completed 131 laps, finishing the day seventh overall. Next day, now in the Red Bull, he finished third overall, another outing in the RBR11 coming in the post-Austrian GP test.

In mid-January 2016, still a member of the Red Bull Junior Programme, it was announced that Pierre would contest the GP2 Series with Prema, which was making its debut in the series. His teammate was 2015 European Formula 3 runner-up and GP2 rookie Antonio Giovinazzi.

Pierre won the 2016 GP2, making history in the process as the championship was to subsequently be renamed F2.

With 4 wins, the Frenchman narrowly beat his rookie teammate to the title, the difference being just 8 points.

At the end of 2016, Pierre was given the chance to broaden his experience, by racing in the highly competitive Japanese Super Formula Championship along with his commitments as test driver for Red Bull and Toro Rosso and an outing with the Renault e.dams Formula E team replacing Sebastien Buemi in New York as the Swiss fulfilled his WEC commitments.

On 26 September, it was announced that Pierre would make his F1 race debut in the Malaysian GP, replacing Daniil Kvyat. Finishing 14th, what was most impressive was that the youngster made it to Q2 on his F1 qualifying debut.

Finishing 13th in Japan, Pierre was forced to miss the United States Grand Prix in order to contest the final round of the Super Formula series. In one of those strange twists of fate, while Kvyat was called in to replace him in the Toro Rosso, bad weather meant the cancellation of the Super Formula event and therefore Pierre missed out on the title.

Solid performances in Mexico and Brazil were followed by a half-hearted outing in Abu Dhabi, but by that time the Faenza outfit had already decided to retain Pierre for 2018.

Five outings wasn't nearly enough for us to get an idea of the French youngster's ability, but it gave him some decent ground work ahead of his first full season.

Going into 2018 however, the question mark isn't so much hanging over Pierre, but rather the team's new engine partner Honda, not forgetting the fact that this year's car will be the 13th chassis from Toro Rosso... and we know how tempting fate worked out for Red Bull with the RB13.

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