Finding the stars of tomorrow, today
Pierre Gasly is 18. He was born in Rouen, France, and is currently driving for Arden Motorsport in Formula Renault 3.5
Who is he?
He’s a graduate of the French racing scholarship system Autosport Academy. He graduated to single-seaters at the age of 15 after a moderately successful karting career, having finished runner-up in the European Championship.
What’s he been doing recently?
His first season in single-seaters was impressive – he finished third in the French F4 championship. Moving up to Formula Renault 2.0 for 2012 proved less fruitful – he ended the year in tenth, with one pole position and two podium finishes to his name, and failed to secure a place on Red Bull’s young driver programme. A change of team to Tech 1 Racing (who propelled Daniel Ricciardo to second place in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2010) was a catalyst for success in 2013, and he took three wins en route to the drivers’ title. From there he secured Red Bull backing to join Arden Motorsport in Formula Renault 3.5 for 2014.
How good is he?
In FR 3.5 – itself struggling to fill the grid, and due to be ‘rebooted’ next year – he has not quite found his feet. He’s had four podium finishes this year, but calamities at Moscow Raceway and the Nürburgring have left him a distant third in the championship with three double-header rounds to go.
Will we see him in F1?
Of the current members of Red Bull’s young driver programme, it is Carlos Sainz Jr who is next in line for a Formula 1 break, which may come at Caterham this year (see story opposite). To hold onto his Red Bull support, Pierre will need a strong finish to the year.