Gasly on P6: Things are getting better

Barcelona, Spain

Spanish Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly claimed P6 in qualifying on Saturday, a further indication for the French driver that he is putting his tough start to 2019 behind him.

After some lacklustre performances at the start of this season, Pierre Gasly’s form of late appears to be improving to positions he would be expected to place. While Azerbaijan saw him retire from what would have been a strong points position, it hinted that he was finally starting to find pace. Qualifying P6 on Saturday in Spain, and just 0.3 behind teammate Max Verstappen, underlined his improvement.

“Today was pretty positive, and it was a decent qualifying with P6.” he smiled afterwards.

“We knew after FP3 it would be tough and we thought Ferrari would make a bigger step in qualifying, but Max was just a tenth behind Vettel and I was around a tenth behind Charles, so we’re a bit closer than we thought. For sure Mercedes are extremely quick but I think we have a decent car and hopefully we can take the fight to Ferrari tomorrow.”

“It could be an interesting race with the option for a one-stop or two-stop, and anything can happen at this track where we know the start is really important, so we’ll try to maximise that for tomorrow.”

Acknowledging his tough start to life as a Red Bull Racing driver, he said that he finally feels he’s unlocking the potential of himself with the car he’s been given: “There’s still a lot of work to do, but overall things are getting better and I think the work we’ve been doing since the beginning of the year is starting to come together and pay off. Hopefully, tomorrow we can get some good points.”

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