Peirre Gasly is a French formula one driver currently racing for the Torro Rosso F1 team alongside Brendon Hartley as his team mate. He comes from a motorsport enthusiastic family, his grandfather being a kart racer and his father who has tried his hand in various racing disciplines, Gasly too was well framed and talented enough to make it to the F1 arena at a very young age of 21 years.
The road to Formula 1
Entering karting arena at a tender age of 10 years, finished the French Minime Championship at 15th place and at 4th place in the following year. Then moved on to the KF3 category through the French Cadet Championships and stayed there until 2010 when he finished as runner-up in CIK-FIA European Championship.
After an impressive 2011 maiden season at the French F4 Championship finishing at 3rd place, he moved up to 2-litre Formula Renault in the following year and went on to win the championship in 2013 season, which earned him a signing from Red Bull for the junior driver programme.
Got a promotion to GP2 series now known as F2 in 2015 season. Though he secured three pole positions and four podiums, the season was overall a moderate one for Gasly. In 2016, Gasly became a frontrunner of the GP2 series by winning the championship through four wins and nine podiums.
Gasly went out of the track to a new track, Formula E, as a substitute driver taking the place of championship leader Sebastian Buemi at Renault in 2017. He finished both races in New York ahead of the team’s regular driver Nicolas Prost and scored the best result of fourth place.
Red Bull and Toro Rosso
The possibility of an early promotion to Formula One was a great distraction for Gasly in the latter stages of 2016. At one point he even propounded to a French journalist that he was on the verge of being promoted to Toro Rosso in place of the struggling Danii Kvyat. However, the team put his distraction on hold by re-signing Kvyat for one more year before signing Gasly for the 2017 season.
With Red Bull unable to slot him into an F1 race seat, Gasly headed east for 2017 and the highly competitive Japanese Super Formula Championship, where he went on to finish at 2nd place. Though that title was lost and was followed by pointless F1 outings at the 2017 closing rounds, confirmation of a full-time contract came from Toro Rosso for the 2018 season.
With a € 19.500.000 net worth value, which is easily higher than his fellow drivers of the same cadre, the talented 22-year-old driver from Rouen with a Toro Rosso contract has a promising long career ahead.