Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has ruled out Pierre Gasly from leaving AlphaTauri at the end of the season, revealing there is no exit clause in his Formula 1 contract.
Gasly was confirmed to be staying put at AlphaTauri for 2023 earlier this year, despite being linked with a move away from the Red Bull fold.
The one-time grand prix winner has been open about his desire to drive for a race-winning team, but his options appear limited as most teams have locked in the driver line-ups for next year.
While he was dropped by Red Bull after just half a season in 2019, Gasly hasn’t ruled out of the prospect of returning to the Milton Keynes-based outfit in the future.
However, Sergio Perez signed a two-year contract extension back in May that takes him until the end of 2024, blocking Gasly’s path back to the senior team until 2025 at the earliest.
Fernando Alonso’s shock move to Aston Martin next year has left a seat vacant at Alpine, with Gasly named as one of the candidates to partner Esteban Ocon.
But Marko is clear Gasly has no option in his contract that can be activated to allow the French driver to depart AlphaTauri at the end of the year.
“There is no exit clause [for] Gasly,” Marko told German publication Sport1. “There was none before the summer break and there will be none after the summer break.”
AlphaTauri is yet to confirm who will be Gasly’s team-mate in 2023, with Yuki Tsunoda vying to retain to his seat at the Faenza squad for a third consecutive season.