Starting Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix from eighth on the grid while Max Verstappen is on the front row, Pierre Gasly concedes he didn’t “do the job properly”.
Gasly arrived at the Red Bull Ring for his team’s home grand prix as a man under pressure.
While Red Bull were insisting they would see out the season with the Frenchman, his disappointing P10 in France led to rumours claiming otherwise.
Gasly needed to shine in Austria, and he didn’t.
Although on the pace in Q1 and Q2, he fell behind when it mattered most and qualified P9, seven-tenths slower than Verstappen.
“It’s a shame and I’m disappointed with myself not to put my lap together when it really mattered,” he said.
“I didn’t do the job properly in Q3 and this is something I need to focus on.
“We had good pace and overall I think we made a step.
“We had a really good Free Practice and we managed to build everything up from there.
“There are a lot of positives to take from Q1 and Q2 where we were strong.”
He’ll start the race from eighth on the grid due to Kevin Magnussen’s penalty.
He added: “Now I need to move on and focus on tomorrow.
“We can recover, nothing is done, and we’ll try everything to come back in the race.
“I think we have a strong car and now we need to look at what we can do with the strategy.”