Red Bull wielded the axe on Gasly on Monday, announcing that the Frenchman would be heading back to Toro Rosso with immediate effect with his Red Bull seat going to Alexander Albon.
The announcement did not come as a surprise, despite Red Bull’s numerous assurances that Gasly’s seat was safe.
The 23-year-old had managed just a third of Verstappen’s points in the first 12 races of 2019 and, while his team-mate faught for what would have been a third win of this season in Hungary, Gasly was being lapped.
But while Verstappen says he feels for his former team-mate, he understands why Red Bull made the call.
“Of course it is a pity for Pierre, but I personally don’t care much who my team-mate is,” he told De Telegraaf.
“The point is that we need to perform better with the other car and thereby gain more points for the team.”
Meanwhile Gasly’s manager has told RMC Sport that his return to Toro Rosso will allow the driver to show “his true value at a team he loves and with whom he has already proven”.