Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly is fired up and ready to get cracking as he makes his debut with the expected frontrunning team, but says he’s expecting a challenging season.
Gasly steps up to the senior Red Bull team after racing with Toro Rosso last year. The French driver enjoyed a pretty stellar first year in Formula 1 but will now face the boilerplate of being an expected frontrunner with a lot more scrutiny alongside Max Verstappen.
Gasly is already under a little bit of pressure after compromising Red Bull’s testing program. A crash in the first week to end the second day prematurely was forgivable but a second, larger crash on the penultimate day of the second test proved costly. Not only did Gasly cost the team valuable time that day, but Max Verstappen wasn’t able to put in significant mileage on the final day due to gearbox damage caused by the crash.
However, Gasly says he isn’t going into the season opener under a cloud and that he’s eager to face the challenge: “The race in Melbourne will be my first with the Team, so of course I’m really excited to get this new season started.”
“It’s only my second full season in Formula One and there are a lot of things to learn this year, which makes it even more challenging. I’ve prepared myself well all winter for this first race and first season with the team. It’s going to be a special weekend for me wearing Red Bull Racing colours.”
“I don’t know if it’s because it’s the first race of the year, but there’s something special about Melbourne and the people are really relaxed and joyful. Everybody at the track is super positive and excited about the start of the new season and the paddock has a good vibe.”