gaseous finished third in the Azerbaijani GP, recording the third podium of his career after winning in Italy last year and second in Brazil in 2019.
The Frenchman has qualified in the top six in four of the six Grands Prix contested so far this season, and has scored points in every race except Bahrain, where he damaged his front wing in the first lap.
“Third place was very important for him and for his self-confidence,” Tost told Autosport.
“Pierre has always done a good job, but we couldn’t provide him with a very good car in Portimao, and also a little in Barcelona. But in Monaco we came back, and Baku too.
“He’s there and he’s one of the best drivers for me, because he gets everything out of the car, doesn’t make mistakes and earns points.
Tost wants to keep gaseous in 2022, despite the 25-year-old’s obvious ambition to find a cutting-edge car.
“I hope he stays with us,” Tost said. “We will now see with the cost cap if we can provide it with a competitive and suitable car.
“And then there is no reason but to change. And it is anyway a decision of Red Bull, which pilots.
Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri
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Tost acknowledged that as part of a change from its past philosophy of training young people, AlphaTauri needs to have at least one experienced pilot, especially with the set of rule changes coming for 2022.
“It’s important. Especially next year, with the new regulations. We need a reference, we need to know where to go from the settings of the car. It’s not possible with two young drivers, or two. inexperienced pilots. “
Tost congratulated the work gaseous did in Baku, where he clung to third place despite some engine problems in the race.
“From FP1 to racing, the speed was always there. Pierre was always in the top five or six.
“He had to take care of the tires, the brakes, the fuel consumption. And we were always on the safe side, and we wanted to have some reserves for the end of the race.
“I have to say that we were lucky not to have been involved in any incidents. Pierre managed the starts and the first laps in a very professional way, because the fight with [Charles] Leclerc was pretty tough. And he could bring home that third position.