Red Bull Junior driver Pierre Gasly finished out of the points in 9th in the GP2 finale in Abu Dhabi but won the championship anyway, thanks in part to a dominant performance in Saturday’s feature race.
His lowly finish in the sprint race would not have been enough if his team-mate and title rival Antonio Giovinazzi finished in the top two but the Italian could only manage 6th in a race which was actually incredibly uneventful by GP2 standards.
Gasly’s run of form this year looked to have been timed perfectly with Daniil Kvyat being booted down to Toro Rosso and looking like he would be out of an F1 seat by the end of the year. But with Toro Rosso confirming Kvyat for 2017 it leaves Gasly unable to make the jump to F1 despite some epic performances, a feeling Antonio Felix da Costa knows all too well.
To make matters worse GP2 rules mean that former champions can’t race in the series again, meaning he’s not only lost out on an F1 seat, but his current GP2 seat as well. As a Red Bull driver he’ll probably find something to race somewhere though, and Toro Rosso have a habit of making mid-season driver changes, so perhaps not all hope is lost…