Nico Rosberg exemplifies Red Bull’s dilemma in deciding who would partner Max Verstappen next season.
Nico Rosberg, a former Formula One racer, discusses Red Bull’s lineup.
Nico Rosberg, a former teammate of Lewis Hamilton, feels Pierre Gasly’s performance this season makes him a realistic option to partner Max Verstappen next year, and that the Red Bull organization should seriously consider pairing him with the Dutchman.
This season, the Alpha Tauri driver has been a constant in the midfield, frequently finishing in the points, and is presently in P8 in the driver standings, ahead of teammate Yuki Tsunoda.
Gasly had previously been brought up from the junior squad, when the team was known as Toro Rosso ahead of the 2019 season.
However, it didn’t work out for the Frenchman, who won his first race at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, revealing that after his first error, “everyone there slowly began to turn on me.”
Despite Sergio Perez fitting in well at the Milton-Keynes-based team, Rosberg believes the 25-year-old should be given another chance to accompany Verstappen next season.
“They should put him in the Red Bull next year based on his current performance,” the 2016 Formula One winner told Sky Sports F1.
“The issue is that they are concerned that he may not be able to handle those high-pressure circumstances.
“At the moment, there is no pressure on AlphaTauri; his teammate is distant from him, and he can easily become a team leader.
“To be a teammate to Max Verstappen is like being in the most difficult scenario in all of Formula One.
“That is why Red Bull is having such a hard time responding, and that is the issue with picking him and making it so difficult.”
Verstappen was promoted from Toro Rosso alongside Daniel Ricciardo five races into 2016, replacing Russia’s Daniil Kvyat, but since then, the team has had a revolving door of drivers, including Albon and Gasly, alongside the Dutchman.
Perez, on the other hand, has been a consistent performer this season after switching to Red Bull at the end of last season after Racing Point dropped him.
Alongside Verstappen vying for the driver’s title with Hamilton, Rosberg said: “It is unbelievable how Red Bull is putting in these incredible drivers that Max Verstappen has as team-mates and no one can ever get within five-tenths of a second.”Brinkwire Summary News”.