Pierre Gasly, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are key players in the 2023 transfer market

This is the little sentence that went unnoticed in Miami, where the media was busy commenting on both the kitsch and the madness of the greatness of the new World Championship site, sometimes Lewis Hamilton’s refusal to get rid of his jewelry.

Christian Horner, however, probably sealed the keystone of the 2023 set by declaring himself ready to roll out the red carpet for Sergio Pérez. “It simply came to our notice thenhas released Milton Keynes team manager The Athletic. Tout le monde is his team content. If we were to make a decision today, of course we would like to extend it. As long as he does what he does, it will be evidence. “

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Horizon closed for Gasly: ​​Red Bull ready to resign Pérez for 2023

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The message was as much about the Mexican as it is about Pierre Gasly, who is waiting unknowingly for the Mexican’s misstep to bounce from AlphaTauri to Red Bull next year. He knows the deadline, and she’s tense. Stable Special Adviser Helmut Marko has set it for this summer. The decision will be the prize after the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 31, and it will fall before the Belgian Grand Prix, held three weeks later. Just like in 2019, when the Norman received a call from the Austrian to inform him of his demotion to Toro Rosso, the former name of Alpha Tauri. But can the Norman hope that history is written in the opposite direction?

“Verstappen smelled blood by attacking Leclerc right away”

Pérez’s good numbers

For now, clearly not, because the deal is announced as a formality for “Checo”, who does what is asked of him – to be a good number 2 – without flinching. He does even better than in 2021, when he did not exist in 22 direct confrontations against the Dutchman on the qualifying round (2-20), nor weighed more in the race (190 points against 395.5). This year, Sergio Pérez is not really closer to his leader in pure performance, more in terms of seats on the starting grid of the Red Bull car has only Ferrari as a rival. At 0 “4 from Batave since 2021,” Checo “is better than Gasly, which was sailing at 0” 8 from MV33 in 2019, or Albon, relegated to 0 “6 in 2020.

His total points in the championship complete this good impression: with 66 against 85 in “Super Max”, he has 77% of his leader’s total. And while that ratio is flattering because he only gave up once to twice to Max Verstappen, it’s significantly better than the 50% of his direct opponent, Carlos Sainz, vis-à-vis Charles Leclerc at Ferrari . Last but not least, he is first there to boost Red Bull at the World Constructors’ Championship and the energy drink firm is closer than ever to its first team title since 2013, just six units behind the Scuderia.

The only option for Gasly is to honor his contract

The results are one thing, but the Mexican is also setting the tone, as in the restart at the Saudi Grand Prix, where he carefully scrutinized his mirrors to guard against any attack by Carlos Sainz, which could be a threat to the pilot from RB18 no. 1, who only had to deal with the leader Charles Leclerc. All this while sacrificing his own interests and in stark contrast to what happened at the last Grand Prix to date in Miami. At first, Carlos Sainz didn’t even dive to the left of the track to block Max Verstappen’s path. Sergio Pérez did the job and this is also seen in relation to Sainz. In short, Christian Horner and Helmut Marko were agreeing to Mattia Binotto, who claimed to have the best driving pair.

Under these conditions, it is understood that Red Bull will have little else to offer Pierre Gasly – who will understand him without necessarily living it well – than to honor the contract that will expire at the end of 2023.

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Over the weekend, a new, more diffuse signal came from another corner of the paddock, in the form of a three-lane pool game being prepared by Alpine and Aston Martin. A more precise set of musical chairs, since a pilot could end up without a bucket. The promotion of the great Australian hope Oscar Piastri, champion of all categories skimmed as rookie in 2019, 2020 and 2021, took shape in the Blues at the same time as the departure of veteran Fernando Alonso, who until then remained an embarrassing subject.

Vettel in Indycar?

Sebastian Vettel has given a serious hand to Laurent Rossi, the director of the tricolor team, by delivering two confidants: he has not yet decided whether he wants to drive in Formula 1 next year and prefers the “real “. circuit americans “type Road America. He doesn’t cheat more than Indycar driver Graham Rahal on the significance of Allemand via Twitter, which would be an” honor “for père’s son’s team to accept a test on the circuit near Lake Elkaert What his father, Bobby Rahal, a former 500 Indy winner, was quick to validate.

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In short, Sebastian Vettel would have been willing to drop his wheel at the Greens and make room for Fernando Alonso, for whom it would be an honorable drop point rather than find himself on foot, he who soon sees himself at 41 the world of Grand Prix “two or three years“.

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