Pierre Gasly has said he is “happy” to be returning to Toro Rosso following his demotion from the senior team Red Bull during the summer break.
Red Bull gave assurances to Gasly through the media, saying he had until the end of the season to prove he was worthy of his spot as Max Verstappen’s team-mate at Red Bull.
But, lo and behold, Gasly was given the chop during the summer break and has swapped seats with Alex Albon, who now has a nine-race audition to potentially clinch a 2020 spot with Red Bull.
Gasly, meanwhile, speaking in his first race preview back with Toro Rosso, is ready to put a tough first half of the season behind him.
“The summer break is over and I am back with my Italian family for the rest of the season,” Gasly said.
“I’m happy to be working with Toro Rosso again.
“I’ve had a couple of weeks to rest and train to get ready for the nine upcoming races so I can give my best performance for the team.
“It was nice to have that time off to reflect on the first half of the season, but now I’m fully focussed on the rest of the season and ready to get going again.
“We have been busy with preparations for the rest of the season this week, I went to the factory to meet with my engineers and have my seat fit, trying to be as prepared as possible for the weekend.”
Gasly is hoping to drawn upon some of his previous achievements at Spa to help him get off to a positive start back with Toro Rosso.
“It’s going to be great racing again after the break, especially on my favourite track of the season at Spa. It’s a track I really enjoy and have had great races there in the past,” he added.
“I had my first win in single seaters there in Formula 4 and I also won the Feature Race in GP2 back in 2016.
“Now the main focus is on extracting the maximum of the car until the end of the season with Toro Rosso.
“I’ll do my best to bring as many points as I can for the team to help defend our position in the Constructors’ Championship.”