It did not take Team Red Bull long to find a replacement for Daniel Ricciardo, so we will never know what Ricciardo could have done with a Honda motor behind him, although the 2018 F1 standings suggest that Renault builds the faster power plant.
Red Bull made the decision to promote from within, giving Ricciardo’s seat to Pierre Gasly.
Gasly has been at the wheel of Red Bull’s junior varsity team, Torro Rossa and he is obviously pleased to accept the promotion, calling it “A dream come true.”
Christian Horner, the boss of Team Red Bull called Gasly, “One of the most exciting young drivers in motorsport.”
It is not precisely certain how exciting it will be to watch Gasly, or his teammate Max Verstappen, parade around behind Mercedes and Ferrari, but Verstappen, at least, has shown the win or wreck trying mentality to make the top two F1 teams keep one eye in the mirror at all times.
If Gasly can bring something like that to the mix, the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship may indeed see some excitement, which would be entirely welcome.
“Since Pierre first stepped into a Formula 1 seat with Scuderia Toro Rosso less than a year ago he has proved the undoubted talent that Red Bull has nurtured since his early career,” Horner said.
The competition resumes this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix and four drivers, including Gasly, Carlos Sainz, Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso will be driving cars that they will abandon for 2019.
Gasly, despite being relatively new to the top echelon of open-wheel racing, managed a fourth place finish in Bahrain, a sixth in Hungary and a seventh in Monaco.
Red Bull will have fresh faces behind the wheels of their top cars next season, as Verstappen is only 20 and Gasly will turn 23 in early 2019, ahead of the season.
Gasly has risen quickly. He won his first title in Eurocop Formula Renault 2.0 in 2013 and won the GP2 title in 2016.