Pierre Gasly believes P6 for the Chinese Grand Prix was the best result he could have achieved in qualifying, but thinks his driving style still needs to change.
It was the first time the Frenchman has made Q3 in 2019, though he finished eight tenths slower than team-mate Max Verstappen.
While Gasly accepts that his driving is still not where it should be, he does believe that P6 was the highest starting position he could have secured for the race on Sunday.
“I think really, that was the best I could expect,” Gasly confessed to Sky Sports.
“It was still a tricky weekend, so I think we are happy with the position but still not satisfied with my driving still.
“I’m still struggling with that car. So yeah, for sure, some work to do.”
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The 21-year-old claimed that a lack of traction for the RB15 is the biggest hindrance to him right now.
“I think basically all the traction. I struggle to put the power down and I fight a lot with the car. So, I know the things I need to work on,” he explained.
“I’ll probably try to change a bit, my driving style, and probably with the team, working together, we can find the directions to make it a bit more suitable to myself.
“Basically we can see, I’m fighting more. Also, I think I’m aggressive with the way I go on power. It doesn’t help with that car. It was okay last year, and I think I need to change a bit the way I drive to get the maximum from this car.”
“I’m the first one to start on softs – different than the first five cars, so as we saw last year, anything can happen on this track so we’ll keep pushing. I think I felt better in the long runs than the short runs,” he stated.
“We’ll see how it goes. Push flat out and hopefully I can make this tyre last and with the things happening on track hopefully, I get out from China with maximum points.”
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