According to Pierre Gasly, the new restrictions in 2022 provide teams like AlphaTauri a chance to excel if they design the right car.
Since being dropped by the senior team, the former Red Bull driver has impressed with the Faenza-based team, and he’s been a constant feature in the top six in qualifying throughout the year.
This season, he has gotten everything out of his AT02, as shown by teammate Yuki Tsunoda’s problems in the same vehicle — with Gasly leading his colleague by 66 points to 18 as of the Russian Grand Prix.
However, with the new rule changes providing a blank slate for teams to develop their new cars from the ground up, the competitive pecking order is likely to shift between teams at the start of 2022.
As a result, the 25-year-old hopes his team are able to take advantage and jump up the grid.
“It is difficult going into next year to know exactly where we are going to stand,” said the AlphaTauri driver.
“It is a new regulation and I want to believe that it is going to bring opportunities to teams like us to nail it with this new car and new regs for next year.
“Hopefully, it is even better next year.”
Christian Horner has not ruled out Gasly returning to partner Max Verstappen in 2023 if he maintains his form after his stint with AlphaTauri.
With his present employers, he has shown to be a clear team leader, and his current focus is on securing the team’s best-ever finish in the Constructors’ Championship – but he wants to go even farther next season.
“We are in a position to fight for fifth in the championship which would mean the best result for this team in their career in Formula 1,” the Frenchman said, quoted by GP Fans.
“That is something personally I really want to bring to the team that will mean a lot for me.
“There will be even more to achieve. My targets are obviously to always deliver more and better and that is what I will try to achieve with AlphaTauri next year.”
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