Pierre Gasly has said that he is happy with how his second full season in Formula 1 has gone, despite being dropped by Red Bull at the mid-way stage.
Gasly was promoted to Red Bull for the start of the season, replacing Daniel Ricciardo, who moved to Renault, but the 23-year-old struggled with the car and regularly found himself in the lower end of the top ten, and averaging nearly half a second slower than his team-mate Max Verstappen over a single lap.
As a result of his lack of results, Gasly was dropped by Red Bull after the Hungarian Grand Prix, and was placed back in Toro Rosso, swapping places with Alex Albon, but since the switch, Gasly’s form has returned, with the French driver scoring his maiden podium result last time out in Brazil.
Despite having a difficult first half of the year, Gasly has said that he is still happy about how his season has panned out, but that he is also looking forward to some time off.
“Whatever happens on Sunday, I will be happy about how this season has gone, particularly my return to Toro Rosso in the middle of the year,” commented the Toro Rosso driver.
“I will never forget my first visit to an F1 podium after coming second in Brazil.
“But I will also enjoy having some time off once the racing is over.
Toro Rosso is still in a battle with Renault for fifth in the constructor’s championship and with the Italian team trailing their French rivals by eight points, Gasly has said the prospect of fighting for a championship result in the final race of the season is exciting.
“We want to end the season in a good way, not just for our pride, but also because where you finish in the championship has an impact on our development work and our performance level for next season.” Gasly added.
“Our championship fight adds to the excitement this weekend, although I can imagine that ‘exciting’ might not be the right word to describe how Franz feels about it!