Pierre Gasly has been confirmed to make the switch from Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing for 2019, where he will partner Max Verstappen.
The Frenchman has shown good speed this season in his first full campaign in Formula 1 following his late-season promotion in 2017 and has secured three top ten finishes in the first twelve races, including a strong fourth place in Bahrain and sixth in Hungary.
The 2016 GP2 Series champion has long been linked with the Red Bull seat following the shock departure of Daniel Ricciardo, who will race for the Renault Sport Formula One Team next season, and Gasly says he is ready for the new challenge of racing for a front-running team.
“To be awarded a drive at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing from 2019 is a dream come true for me, I’m so excited to be joining this top team,” said Gasly. “It has been my goal to race for this team since I joined the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme in 2013, and this incredible opportunity is another step forward in my ambition to win Grands Prix and compete for World Championships.
“Red Bull has always looked to fight for championships or victories and that’s what I want. I’m a really competitive guy and when I do something it’s always to fight for the best and top positions.”
Gasly knows the challenge that is now ahead of him and the pressure that will come for racing for a multiple race and championship winning outfit, but he is really to reward those who have shown him good faith in his career to date by having strong performances with his new team.
“As hugely exciting a moment as this is, I am fully aware of the challenge this special opportunity offers me and the expectations that faces any driver at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing,” said Gasly. “I’m looking forward to rewarding the faith that Dietrich Mateschitz, Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko have placed in me.
“The first phase of that is to keep pushing for ultimate performance and the best results in 2018 that I can achieve for my team, Scuderia Toro Rosso. I wish to thank Franz Tost and everyone at Toro Rosso and the factory in Faenza for giving me the golden opportunity of a drive in Formula One and their amazing commitment and support, which I know will continue for the rest of this season.
“My focus now is to do everything I can to give them a season to celebrate.”