Pierre Gasly has suggested that he is in the frame for a 2017 F1 debut should Carlos Sainz make his widely rumoured move to Renault before the end of the season.
It has been suggested that the Spaniard might be called on to replace Jolyon Palmer as early as the Malaysia Grand Prix at the start of October.
Should a deal with Sainz be finalised in the coming weeks, it is understood that the Renault team might seek to make the switch for the Malaysian round in an effort to mount a renewed assault on the constructors’ championship table – Williams’ P5 has been intimidated as a possible target.
As Red Bull’s most senior junior driver, having won last year’s GP2 championship and having this year tested the Red Bull RB13 in the Hungarian test, Gasly was always the prime candidate to replace Sainz.
The Frenchman told Autosport: “We will see in the next couple of days what will happen.
“For me, it will be amazing [to race in F1]. It’s been my dream and I’ve been working really hard to get there. I’m still pushing every day to make it happen.
“This weekend I wanted to focus on my weekend and do the best I could. Now, we have a few days until the next race, and Malaysia will arrive quickly. Let’s see how it goes. Hopefully I can be there.”
Gasly took his second Super Formula victory in a row at the weekend, and as a result currently sits second in the championship standings. The double-header season finale at Suzuka would hypothetically clash with the United States Grand Prix.
Sainz has been one of the cornerstones of the 2018 driver market, and despite being reprimanded in Austria by Red Bull for saying he did not want another season at Toro Rosso, Christian Horner has since gone on to suggest that Red Bull would be willing to accept offers for the Spaniard’s services.