The curious case of the Alpha Tauri drivers: Gasly retained, Kvyat out?

Daniil Kvyat (left) and Pierre Gasly. Image: Getty Images
Daniil Kvyat (left) and Pierre Gasly. Image: Getty Images

• Pierre Gasly remains at Alpha Tauri for 2021.

• Daniil Kvyat could be on his way out of F1.

• Red Bull says Gasly needs to lead the team in 2021.

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Dr Helmut Marko has all but officially confirmed that Daniil Kvyat will not keep his seat at Alpha Tauri beyond the end of 2020.

It comes after Pierre Gasly said he was "surprised" that Red Bull only re-signed him for 2021 on the basis that he will lead the second team rather than be re-promoted to Red Bull Racing.

Gasly said: "12 years ago, Vettel won in a Toro Rosso and was immediately promoted. Now I win a race and they don't even consider me."

Alpha Tauri needs a leader

But Marko, the architect of Red Bull's driver program, says Alpha Tauri needs Gasly in the car next year because he will have "a very young driver" as team mate.

He told Sky Deutschland: "Pierre is driving really well all year round, but he is not going to Red Bull next year because Alpha Tauri needs a leader. Next year there will be a very young driver next to him."

When asked if Marko is referring to the Honda-backed Red Bull junior Yuki Tsunoda, the Austrian answered: "You could say that."

Russian Kvyat said at Imola that he has "no news" about what he will be doing in 2021.

When asked if he was surprised that Alpha Tauri confirmed Gasly but not him for 2021, Kvyat answered: "No. Now, as before, I am focused on my job and helping the team. I've done a lot of good races - Portugal is an exception - but I will continue to give my best until the end of the year and then we'll see."

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