Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly says he can drive more freely in his current car compared to his time behind the wheel of a Red Bull. After an impressive 2018 season, the young Frenchman was handed a promotion to the Red Bull outfit for 2019. However, his performances came under scrutiny early and he was criticised for not being anywhere near the same pace as his teammate Max Verstappen.
After the Hungarian Grand Prix – the final race before the summer break – Gasly was demoted back to the Toro Rosso team with a fourth-place finish at the British Grand Prix his best result. Despite the set back of losing the drive with Red Bull, the 23-year-old says he is looking at his situation in a positive light and believes the Toro Rosso car is better suited to him.
“I didn’t really manage to drive the way I would have liked before and now I just feel like I can do more what I feel, which is something natural for me,” he said. “Especially with the work we’re doing with the engineers and the whole team.
After one race there are things to improve, after the second there are always things to improve but I feel like we making a step every weekend. “Also myself in the car, I get a better feeling and I get the car more or less where I want during the weekend. So I’m happy with the step we made during these last few weeks, hopefully we can just keep going for the next couple of races.”