Pierre Gasly has described his 2019 season to “like a Hollywood movie” after a dramatic 12 months within the Red Bull set-up.
Gasly began the 2019 season as Red Bull team-mate to Max Verstappen and replacement for Daniel Ricciardo who opted to for a new challenge with Renault.
But, with Gasly regularly cut adrift of the other drivers within the top three teams of Formula 1, the Frenchman was demoted to Toro Rosso during the summer break with Alex Albon replacing him.
“It’s been almost like a Hollywood movie,” Gasly told Autosport.
“I would not even imagine it’s real, like all the stuff that happened, how it started, when it started, and the things that happened during the first six months.
“Then after the swap, the way I got back into the [Toro Rosso] team, it just did not feel real.
“Like so many moments over the year, it has been: ‘This can’t be happening. It can’t be real.'”
Gasly received somewhat of a taste of redemption after he finished on the podium in second place at the Brazilian Grand Prix, but 2019 presented other tough challenges such as the loss of his close friend Anthoine Hubert at Spa.
“It was such a roller-coaster year,” he added. “I went through every kind of emotion.
“One of the saddest moments in my life was in Spa when Anthoine passed away, and already I was in a difficult weekend going back to Toro Rosso.
“And then there was Brazil, which was probably the best moment in my life and also in my career.
“I had so many up and down feelings through the year, and yeah, it was great after all these different emotions, all these different times, that I really kept myself working and pushing.
“I knew that ‘OK, keep pushing, and at some point, things are going to fall in the right order.'”