Gasly: Red Bull chance payback for earlier F1 snub

Pierre Gasly feels his Red Bull Formula 1 shot is payback for being snubbed after his GP2 title success, when he was “at the right place at the wrong time”.

Gasly: Red Bull chance payback for earlier F1 snub

Gasly became Red Bull’s first junior to win the GP2 championship in 2016 but had to race in Super Formula the following year as Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat were retained at Toro Rosso.

However, Sainz’s early move to Renault and Kvyat being dropped after a poor run of results meant Red Bull drafted Gasly into its junior team for five races at the end of 2017.

Gasly earned a full-time Toro Rosso drive for 2018 and was then handed an early promotion to the senior team to replace the Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo.

“I always believed that if you do right things, at some point good things will come to you,” Gasly told Motorsport.com when asked if it was payback for having to wait for his first F1 chance.

“I’m really happy to see it paying off now. I get great opportunities thanks to all the hard work I’ve done in the past.

“I’ve been sometimes at the right place at the wrong time, and this time I’ve been at the right place at the right time.

“My life has been pretty awesome in the last 13 months.

“It has not been always the case but I always felt like, ‘OK, if I keep pushing as hard as I can, and keep giving the maximum out of myself, good things are going to come’.”

Read Also:

Gasly moves to Red Bull after impressing amid the tricky scenario of Toro Rosso’s poorly-developed car being powered by an engine that Honda is still making progress with.

He remains only marginally more experienced than his new teammate Max Verstappen was when the Dutchman made his own prodigious graduation to the senior team.

Sebastian Vettel had a similarly short spell with Toro Rosso before his Red Bull move.

Gasly said: “The only people I look at are the ones that succeeded.

“I look at Seb. Seb did the same thing as me, one and a half year in Toro Rosso, jumped to Red Bull, had a successful time straight away.

“Max did the same, had a successful time straight away.

“So, you know, it’s all up to me. I don’t want to look at people that failed.

“Of course you can look at what went wrong and learn also from them, but I’m inspired with the people that succeed.

“Those are the ones I take as examples. It’s possible, people have done it before.”

Pierre Gasly, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup

Pierre Gasly, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
1/10

Photo by: DPPI

Pierre Gasly, Formula Renault 3.5

Pierre Gasly, Formula Renault 3.5
2/10

Photo by: Motorsport Images

Pierre Gasly, GP2

Pierre Gasly, GP2
3/10

Photo by: GP2 Series Media Service

Pierre Gasly, GP2

Pierre Gasly, GP2
4/10

Photo by: GP2 Series Media Service

Pierre Gasly, GP2

Pierre Gasly, GP2
5/10

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

Pierre Gasly, Super Formula

Pierre Gasly, Super Formula
6/10

Pierre Gasly, Formula E

Pierre Gasly, Formula E
7/10

Photo by: Alastair Staley / Motorsport Images

Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12

Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
8/10

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso STR13

Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso STR13
9/10

Photo by: Andrew Hone / Motorsport Images

Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing RB14

Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing RB14
10/10

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

shares
comments
Solutions for Williams and McLaren are on their own doorsteps

Previous article

Solutions for Williams and McLaren are on their own doorsteps

Next article

Why Giovinazzi could "trouble" Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo

Why Giovinazzi could "trouble" Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Pierre Gasly
Teams Red Bull Racing , AlphaTauri
Author Scott Mitchell
How F1's street track return can offer Verstappen redemption Prime

How F1's street track return can offer Verstappen redemption

Red Bull has failed to capitalise on having the best car in the opening rounds. BEN EDWARDS thinks change is around the corner.

The AlphaTauri improvements that mean Gasly’s form is no fluke Prime

The AlphaTauri improvements that mean Gasly’s form is no fluke

Pierre Gasly has driven superbly since demotion from Red Bull in 2019, but the team formerly known as Toro Rosso has come on strong too – building a car that can often challenge Ferrari and McLaren. Here Gasly reveals to ALEX KALINAUCKAS how AlphaTauri has given him the tools needed to rebuild his reputation

Formula 1
May 17, 2021
Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish” Prime

Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish”

We’ve seen five distinct versions of Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes as he’s tried to fulfil his own ambitions while being a consummate team player – two difficult, competing missions which have been challenging to reconcile. Speaking exclusively to Stuart Codling, Bottas explains his highs and lows… and why he still believes he can be world champion.

Formula 1
May 15, 2021
How long can Verstappen and Hamilton keep it clean? Prime

How long can Verstappen and Hamilton keep it clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But how long will their battle remain clean? Jonathan Noble ponders that exact point

Formula 1
May 13, 2021
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Prime

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Formula 1
May 11, 2021
The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Prime

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button.

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
How Red Bull's deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain Prime

How Red Bull's deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Formula 1
May 10, 2021