Pierre Gasly says that Max Verstappen will be a perfect reference for him throughout the 2019 season. The two will partner each other at Red Bull this year, which will be Gasly's first at the energy drink squad.
Since joining the energy drink squad in 2016, Verstappen has established himself as one of the fastest drivers on the grid - scoring seven podiums at the last nine races of the 2018 season. And Gasly believes that Verstappen's benchmark will be a good opportunity to prove his worth.
"I think Max at the moment, based on the performance he showed last year he's clearly - it's difficult to compare with Lewis [Hamilton] or Seb [Vettel]," Gasly told Autosport.
"But he's clearly one of the best and most talented guys in the paddock at the moment. So for me it's perfect to have a reference like him.
"I'm sure it's going to be useful for myself to keep learning in Formula 1 and achieve a better performance for myself and I always find it good to have a fast team-mate because that's how you manage to extract the best of yourself as well."
Gasly prides himself on his qualifying abilities and believes he can fight at the front this year if Red Bull provides a car that competitive over one lap.
"I think I'm a quite objective guy and I know when I do things right and when I do something wrong. And then I always learn from these kind of situations. I always question myself about what can I do better to improve myself as a driver, to make the best of the package I have.
"And then after I believe that I have good speed, I'm able to extract everything over one lap, which is important in qualifying.
"We all know that if you have a good starting position, it makes the race a lot easier, and I think that's one of my strengths that I will have to try to make the best out with Red Bull if we have a good performance over one lap."
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