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Red Bull stint almost cost me my career - Gasly

  • Published on 18 Dec 2019 11:24
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  • By: Fergal Walsh & Bjorn Smit

Pierre Gasly believes the six months that he spent at Red Bull almost cost him his career. 

The Frenchman replaced Daniel Ricciardo at the energy drink after for 2019 spending over a season at its junior squad, Toro Rosso.

However, he struggled to get up to speed at the team and was demoted during the summer break earlier this year, with Alexander Albon stepping into the seat for the remainder of the 2019 campaign.

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Albon has been retained at Red Bull for the 2020 season, while Gasly will stay at Toro Rosso following a strong end to the season, which included a second-place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

However, Gasly feared for his career in his Red Bull weekends, as he was often competing with the leading midfield teams.

"In the lower race categories, I always finished in the top three," he told RTL. "Of course that didn't work during my first season with Toro Rosso, but it went well there.

"Those six months at Red Bull, however, were enough to undo almost all of my work. It almost cost me my career."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner recently said that the public pressure on the shoulders of Gasly was a factor in his demotion back to Toro Rosso.

Gasly believes that both he and the team could have done things differently in order to see him succeed at Red Bull. 

"We are all responsible for the lack of performance," he said.

"There are certainly things that I could have done differently, but there are also many things that should have been different within the team. If I could do this again, I'd like to see that some processes had gone differently. "

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  • xoya

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    This guy must be a next detective or something...

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    • Dec 18 2019 - 14:59
  • This pillock still hasn't accepted responsability for his dreadful stint at Red Bull. He implies as always, that it's someone else's fault. Some evil force that prevented him from achieving his potential. As if his prior success meant he should achieve more in F1. He wasn't anywhere near as impressive as Stoffel Vandoorne was in junior formulae and look at Stoffel's career.

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    • Dec 18 2019 - 15:57
    • In all fairness, I think he just lacked chemistry with the main team car. That said, part of a great driver's skillset is adapting to a new car. I do have more faith in Albon, as it stands. I do however wonder how well RBH would've done this year had Ricciardo stayed on board.

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      • Dec 18 2019 - 17:23
    • He lost the confidence, and gained back little more than needed with his P2. I'm sure he would finally come to realization. If not, too bad, there are others waiting in the wings.

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      • Dec 18 2019 - 21:45
    • @calle I genuinely think they, could have beaten Ferrari to 2nd place with Ricciardo

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      • Dec 19 2019 - 08:17

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