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Alpine retains Gasly on new multi-year F1 deal

Frenchman sews up Formula 1 future as Alpine fills one of its vacant 2025 seats

Pierre Gasly, Alpine F1 Team

Pierre Gasly has signed a contract extension to remain with the Alpine Formula 1 team on a multi-year basis.

The Frenchman's signing for another season ensures that Alpine retains continuity into 2025, as it announced previously that it was parting ways with Esteban Ocon at the end of the current season.

Gasly is currently in his second season with the French squad, and finished 11th in the drivers' championship in 2023 - four points ahead of Ocon as the two were closely matched.

Alpine has endured a difficult start to 2024 after entering the year with a car that was said to be around 10kg overweight, although steady improvements and efforts to reduce weight have led to an uptick in the team's performances.

This has led to a pair of double-points finishes in the last two races - Gasly has finished ninth in both, with Ocon 10th at Montreal and Spain. Gasly currently leads his fellow Normandy-born stable-mate by five points to three in the standings.

“I feel very much at home at this great team. I enjoy being a real part of both the Formula 1 project and the wider Alpine Cars vision," Gasly said.

"I’ve been officially here for over 18 months and it has always been the plan to build a long-term project with the team. While on-track it’s been a challenging season so far, I remain faithful to the project and I am not going anywhere. 

"I am happy with the changes made, the hard work, and the direction the team is taking. There is a lot of potential in this team’s personnel and resources. 

"I’m excited for what is to come in the future and right now I’m focusing on the everyday details that we are putting in to improve our performances.”

Pierre Gasly, Alpine A524

Pierre Gasly, Alpine A524

Photo by: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images

Although Gasly was always likely to stay at Alpine, he had courted interest from other teams on the grid with a vacant seat - Sauber was believed to be a potential destination as it prepares for its metamorphosis into Audi for 2026.

However, the departure of Ocon had perhaps convinced Gasly to stay as the duo's relationship remained fractious through a number of on-track clashes.

This came to a head at Monaco, when Ocon attempted to barge past his team-mate at Portier and made contact - sustaining damage to put himself out and put Gasly at risk. This earned the ire of team principal Bruno Famin, and Ocon's impending departure from the team was announced in the wake of their clash ahead of the Montreal round.

“The extension of Pierre’s contract with the team is very pleasing," said Famin.

"He is a driver with huge experience in Formula 1 and continues to show huge amounts of potential on-track. For Alpine as a brand, he is a great ambassador and we therefore look forward to continuing our collaboration. 

"While this is important for our future, we do have to keep our eyes close to what is coming and that is focusing on improving our current package. We have high ambitions this current season and we will work tirelessly to achieve those things. 

"We will take our time in deciding Pierre’s team-mate and we are excited with the options we have on the table.”

It is currently unknown who will partner Gasly at the team, although it is understood that the team has made a late offer to tempt Carlos Sainz back to the Enstone team.

Reserve driver Jack Doohan and Alpine World Endurance Championship driver Mick Schumacher are also believed to be in the running for a drive, with the two undertaking a test at Paul Ricard with the team's 2022 machinery.

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