German Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly’s upturn in form at Silverstone means the French driver is aiming for more of the same this weekend.
Pierre Gasly’s underwhelming debut season with Red Bull Racing seemed to turn around a little last time out at Silverstone. Having finished a lap down on race winner and teammate Max Verstappen at the Austrian Grand Prix, Gasly finished P4 at Silverstone having employed a useful one stop strategy. He finished ahead of Verstappen, albeit down to race circumstances, but Gasly looked feistier and faster while battling with the Ferrari drivers of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc throughout the Grand Prix.
Heading to Germany, Gasly says he’s aiming to keep the momentum up as he wants to go into the summer break with optimism: “I’m excited for the next round in Germany, especially after a strong weekend at Silverstone, and I’m looking forward to carrying this good momentum forward.”
“I was back in the car on Tuesday after the race for the Pirelli tyre test so now I will take a couple of days off, rest a little and then it’s time to train hard and get back in the beast! Hockenheim is a track I like and I would have loved to race on the old Hockenheimring which was even more special than the current one. Nevertheless it’s still a pretty exciting circuit in terms of racing and last year’s race was quite epic with a lot of things happening. I like the stadium part in the last sector the most as it’s so technical and challenging.”
Asked about memories of racing at Hockenheim in the past, Gasly referred to an incident from his GP2 days. Finishing third in the feature race that year, Gasly was disqualified from the race due to an empty fire extinguisher – which has discharged into his helmet’s visor during the race: “Hockenheim is also the only place in my career where the fire extinguisher has exploded in my face whilst racing, so hopefully this year it will treat us better!”