Under-pressure Gasly ready to ‘switch off’

Date published: August 8 2019 - Jamie Woodhouse

Pierre Gasly and his team are ready for a break according to the Frenchman.

Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly believes it is “good for everyone to have a break” as he looks to get his career back on track after the summer break.

At the British Grand Prix an under-pressure Gasly for the first time showed an ability to hang with what has become the top five, but his last two outings in Germany and Hungary have been among his worst.

After spending the Hungarian GP battling McLaren and Alfa Romeo, Red Bull principal Christian Horner made it clear that this was unacceptable, while advisor Helmut Marko questioned Gasly’s ability to overtake.

Though he still doesn’t understand what went wrong in Hungary, Gasly insists that he and the Red Bull team need the summer break to regroup and come back strong at the Belgium GP.

“The weekend, as I said, started well. And we had good pace, even compared to the other guys, better than usual. And then yeah, from FP3 was just different. So yeah, no clear answer at the moment. Just need to understand and analyse with the guys,” he told Motorsport.com.

“So I think it is good for everyone to have a break now, switch off and also review the first few months: What went well, and what we could have done better with the guys, and yeah, just come back stronger for the second part of the season.

“I think for sure there’s been a lot of lessons learned since the beginning of the year. There is still some more to do, but yeah, we’ll take the time to make sure we come back sharper for the second part of the season.”

Speculation is rife that Gasly could lose his seat at Red Bull, but he claims to pay no attention to the rumours.

“No. I don’t really pay attention to this kind of thing. I just try to do my job as good as possible, work with the guys and that’s the only thing I do,” he stated.

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