French driver Pierre Gasly was given a trial by fire when he was shoehorned into Red Bull after Daniel Ricciardo’s departure. However, it seems that he may be cracking under pressure as he is unable to match Max Verstappen. While he did snatch a point in his home race in France, it was not exactly earned.
Pierre Gasly crossed the chequered flag in eleventh in France and was bumped up to P10, courtesy the double 5-second time penalty for Daniel Ricciardo. Now, according to Red Bull adviser Dr Helmut Marko, even though he wants to finish the season with an unchanged lineup, the pressure on Pierre Gasly is increasing steadily.
Speaking to Austrian press agency, APA, Marko admitted, “Being a teammate of Max Verstappen is not easy: Max is an exceptional talent. But Gasly’s performance and the speed that he is showing are simply unacceptable.”
“The last two races, the GPs of Canada and France, were far below par. The gap between Pierre and Max was too big.”
According to former Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, mounting pressure on a driver can help him or her improve, or be detrimental by causing too much pressure.
Marko continued, “It’s up to us to give Gasly a feel for the car and to make sure he has confidence in the material. That while we also have to keep in mind that we do not deviate too far from our strengths of the car. Finally, we will also thoroughly inspect the chassis of its RB15: Maybe something is wrong, but we don’t know that yet. If we were to find something, then that is of course good news.”
Also, Gasly has hit back at talks that he may be replaced before long, but admits that he must improve and get closer to Max Verstappen.