Horner addresses Gasly’s reports as Colton Herta is linked to the AlphaTauri key

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has addressed reports that Colton Herta could be in line for a seat on sister team AlphaTauri in 2023, with current driver Pierre Gasly being linked with a move to the Alps for next season.

Gasly is under contract with AlphaTauri until the end of 2023 but recent reports have emerged that the IndyCar Herta rider, who tested with McLaren earlier this season, could replace the Frenchman – to enable Gasly to leave the team, possibly to join Alpine when Fernando Alonso departs. . Aston Martin.

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Neither Franz Tost Horner nor the president of AlphaTauri confirmed these reports, however, when pressed on the issue, Horner said: “Look, [Gasly] He is the Red Bull Racing driver on loan to AlphaTauri. There are a lot of moving panels at the moment, which we’re following with interest. We’ll see how it fades, there are a few moving paintings.”

However, Herta does not have an FIA Super licence, a requirement for him to be able to compete in Formula 1 – which, Horner explained, is “key” to Gasly’s potential launch from AlphaTauri.

“This is a key element: you wouldn’t fire Pierre if you didn’t have something sexy to put in that car,” he said.


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Tost, the president of AlphaTauri, was very quiet during his 2023 squad.

“I do not know him [Herta], I’ve never seen him before. “I don’t care which driver gives me Red Bull; my job is to educate them. That’s it, whatever…”

Meanwhile, Haas chief Gunther Steiner, who has yet to confirm his squad for 2023 with Mick Schumacher’s future currently unclear, was asked if Hertha was a potential candidate for that seat next season.

“He’s not on the list right now because he didn’t get his super license, you know, which is why,” Steiner said.


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“But I said I think we’re looking more at someone who’s already driven in Formula 1. We did a rookie job last year and right now, we’re looking more at someone who was already in Formula 1, so maybe, so, he didn’t make the list – and he didn’t get a super licence. .

“Mick is also still in the race, because that will be the next question. So, in the end, we are going through the suggestions and want to wait for more races.

“Mick has done very well in Canada, Austria and Silverstone, you know, and since then the car hasn’t been up to par…And like I said, we’re not in a hurry to do anything right now.”

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