Gasly made his F1 debut with Toro Rosso in 2017 earlier than shifting as much as the senior Pink Bull squad for the 2019 season, solely to be demoted again to the B-team after a troublesome 12-race spell.
Since returning to Faenza, Gasly has scored two podium finishes for the crew since rebranded as AlphaTauri, together with its first victory for 12 years ultimately 12 months’s Italian Grand Prix.
Gasly’s performances prompted AlphaTauri F1 boss Tost to hail the 2020 season as the very best in its historical past because the Frenchman scored near three-quarters of the crew’s complete factors.
However Gasly’s shows weren’t sufficient to interchange the struggling Alexander Albon for 2021 as Pink Bull opted to maintain him at AlphaTauri for the approaching season.
Drivers akin to Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz have gone on to take pleasure in success after leaving the Pink Bull household, with the latter becoming a member of Ferrari for the 2021 season.
Tost mentioned that whereas he wouldn’t be shocked to see different groups present curiosity in signing Gasly sooner or later, he doubted Pink Bull would need to let him go simply given its funding all through his profession.
“You realize, if a driver is aggressive like Pierre, then sure, in fact different groups will ask in regards to the contractual particulars,” Tost instructed Motorsport.com.
“They’re going to need to know ultimately when a driver is offered.
“However he has a Pink Bull contract, and I do not assume Pink Bull will give him free at such an early stage.
“They invested some huge cash to construct him up, and in the end, they need to get his fruits again and good outcomes with him, win races, and in addition championships. We’ll see.”
Gasly’s shock victory at Monza solidified his place as AlphaTauri’s crew chief shifting into the longer term because it adjusts to its new-found sister crew standing following its rebrand.
He will probably be set to spearhead its cost in 2021 alongside new rookie teammate Yuki Tsunoda, who strikes up from F2 rather than Daniil Kvyat.
Tost mentioned the way in which wherein Gasly was performing and main the crew meant it may look to construct itself round him extra sooner or later, going so far as designing the automobile to swimsuit components of his driving fashion.
“He’s now an skilled driver, and a profitable driver as nicely,” Tost mentioned.
“Any crew all the time is oriented and concentrated to a profitable driver.
“What does this imply? The crew listens to the technical suggestions of the motive force, and naturally because of this, the brand new design of the automobile [is influenced].
“Let me say it on this method: the designers and the engineers, they preserve the consideration of all technical suggestions from such a great driver that they make subsequent 12 months’s automobile even higher.
“This automobile then suits with the driving fashion of this driver, and to make the automobile merely sooner. That is the traditional method.”