Pierre Gasly has responded to Christian Horner’s approval for a potential Red Bull return.

Gasly is currently driving for Red Bull’s sister team AlphaTauri. He has been announced to drive for the team for a third successive season. That does not mean he will, because Red Bull can call him up to the main team at any moment.

Horner recently said that Gasly is in the running for a Red Bull seat in 2023. That season will see Sergio Perez at the end of his current contract as well. It will be an interesting series of events to see who will partner Max Verstappen in 2023.

Gasly responded to Christian Horner’s approval for a potential Red Bull return, saying he is confident in his abilities to deliver for the team.

“Obviously I really appreciate these words, to see my work is valued and seen by Christian,” Gasly told The Race.

Pierre Gasly and Christian Horner in the Red Bull garage. Spain May 2019
Gasly (left) could be set for a Red Bull return in two years. Source: planetf1.com

“So, yeah, you know, we still have a lot of time (to go). At the moment, the focus is on them (Red Bull) to get the World Championship this year. They have another shot at it next year with a big regulation change – we are talking about things that could happen in 12 months’ time.

“And my job will be to keep showing them I have the potential to deliver the job there, and we’ll see what will happen for 2023,” he said.

Seal of approval

When asked about Gasly’s chances of a return to Red Bull were, Horner said, “I would never rule anything out.

“For 2023, we have multiple options available to us. Pierre has done a phenomenal job with AlphaTauri the last couple of seasons. He remains a Red Bull driver on loan to AlphaTauri.”

Gasly’s unceremonious demotion from Red Bull was a nightmare, but it has been a blessing in disguise for the Frenchman. Since that move, Gasly reinvented himself, securing three podiums and more incredibly, a stunning race win at the 2020 Italian GP.

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