PierreGasly is a talented French racing driver who won the 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault and 2016 GP2 Series titles.
He was born in Rouen, the city in northern France, on 7th of February, 1996. When he was 9 years old, Pierre for the first time raced mini kart, while in 2006 he began to compete in karting. In 2007, Gasly finished 4th in the French championship and after that, he moved up to the French Cadet Championship.
Pierre Gasly during his karting racing days
Pierre spent another two years racing in various karting categories at the national and international level. His biggest achievement was the 2nd place in KF3 category of the CIK-FIA European Championship.
Debut in formula racing
In 2011, at the age of 15, Gasly debuted in the French Formula 4 Championship driving for Autosport Academy. Pierre immediately proved what he is capable of achieving good results as he finished 3rd overall. He scored 4 victories and a total of 7 podiums.
2012 - Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, Nürburgring
The following year, Gasly moved to Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. He was driving for R-Ace GP team and scored two podiums out of 14 races before finishing 10th in the Drivers’ championship. Pierre also raced in seven Formula Renault 2.0 NEC events.
Pierre was the Eurocup Formula Renault champion
The Frenchman stayed in the series for another season but switched to Tech 1 Racing team. That proved to be decisive in his attempt to win the title. Pierre won three races in 2013, won four pole positions and had a total of eight podium finishes on his way to the throne. Gasly collected a total of 195 points and won the title with an advantage of 16 points to a runner-up Oliver Rowland.
Pierre Gasly, Formula Renault 2.0, Motorland, 2013
After a successful campaign, Gasly again changed the competition. In 2014, he entered Formula Renault 3.5 Series as a driver of Arden Motorsport. Pierre didn’t win any of 17 races but finished the season as a runner-up, losing to Carlos Sainz Jr by 35 points.
GP2 Series debut and Red Bull Formula 1 team reserve driver
The same year Gasly drove for Caterham in six races of GP2 Series. He jumped into the seat of Tom Dillmann at Monza but the results weren’t notable. However, Gasly picked some experience and drew the attention of big teams, especially during the post-season testing.
In 2015, Gasly joined DAMS team and the Frenchman, backed by Red Bull, had an opportunity to test himself in the competition which is a springboard to Formula 1. The season wasn’t as good as it was expected. Gasly scored three pole positions and four podium places and with 110 points he finished 8th overall.
Pierre Gasly is Red Bull Junior Team driver
Parallel to his GP2 duties, later in 2015, Pierre became the reserve driver for the Red Bull Formula 1 team.
Gasly won GP2 Series title in 2016
Pierre signed with Prema Racing team at the end of 2015 and was teamed with rookie Antonio Giovinazzi. The two battled throughout the whole season and secured Teams’ championship title for Prema Racing. It was a very tight battle between two talented drivers. In the final round at Yas Marina Gasly won the first race and took the championship title.
Piere Gasly - 2016 GP2 Series champion
During 2016 Gasly won the races at Silverstone, Hungaroring, Spa (his favorite circuit), and Abu Dhabi. He also had other five podium finishes, and also five pole positions and three fastest laps which helped him a lot to grab the crown as he was only eight points ahead of Giovinazzi at the end of that campaign.
GP2 Series, Spa, Pierre Gasly
"My only goal is to get into Formula 1, so I will always keep pushing for that, but of course you always need an opportunity," said Gasly when he won the GP2 Series title.