Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Pierre Gasly is showing signs of improvement after a tough start to life at the team.
Gasly was promoted from Toro Rosso after just one year with the Red Bull junior team to replace Daniel Ricciardo, who moved to Renault last summer. After failing to reach Q3 in each of the first two races of the season, Gasly has picked up just 13 points in total so far and not finished higher than sixth, but Horner is confident in the performances are starting to pick up.
“I think he’s coming out of it,” Horner said. “He’s had a lot of support from the team, he’s working with a good engineer, he’s got a good engineering team around him and he knows that we know he can do it, so it’s just taking a bit of time. And of course he’s got a huge property next to him, and one of the hottest properties in the pit lane.”
Gasly was denied points in Azerbaijan Grand Prix when a driveshaft failure struck while when he was running in the top six, and Horner said the final result does not overshadow the encouraging signs the Frenchman showed in terms of his pace.
“I think while he doesn’t have results on paper, I think he’s pretty happy with his weekend (in Baku),” he said. “Q1 he was quick, Friday was quick, in the race he drove a good race. It should’ve been an easy P6 from the pit lane, which is a really strong drive. I think even more encouraging than this is his pace, you know certainly compared to Ferrari on the same strategy, he was definitely quicker than him. So I think a lot of positives for Pierre out of the weekend.
“He definitely (likes the car more now). You can see it, I mean the confidence that came out of China came into Azerbaijan and I think even though he doesn’t have the result sheet to show it, he knows that it was a much stronger weekend for him.”