According to Dutch media, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is avoiding using any data gathered by teammate Pierre Gasly. Apparently, Gasly’s poor performances in the RB15 is the reason behind the decision. Their reasoning was Gasly’s data differs a lot from the data gathered by Max Verstappen.
Team principal Christian Horner felt that Gasly’s Red Bull promotion possibly came too early. This fact seems more and more evident as the season progresses, with three races complete. The Frenchman has only scored points on a single occasion, namely in China.
Qualification is no better as he has been more that a second adrift of the Dutchman. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen backed up his season-opening podium in Australia with fourth-place finishes in Bahrain and China. However, he was close to a second successive podium in Bahrain before a late Safety Car halted it.
Earlier, Gasly suggested that he needed to adjust his ‘aggressive ‘driving stance. According to reports, he attempted to drive with Verstappen’s set-up in Shanghai. Sadly for him, the result was no different, though he did end up in 6th.
According to journalist Erik van Haren, “Red Bull don’t want the qualifying battle to finish 21-0 between Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly.”
“In China, Gasly took some time in the Verstappen car to see what it felt like. Not on the circuit but in the garage.
“He used the same setup in qualifying and then he was behind by a second. That’s a bad sign.
“I’ve heard that Verstappen doesn’t even use data from Gasly any more, although you can still help each other as teammates.”
Now, Pierre Gasly has his work cut out for him as the F1 paddock heads to Baku for the Azerbaijan GP. He knows that if he cannot deliver, there will be hungry drivers eager for that Red Bull seat, particularly at Toro Rosso.