The Frenchman took over the seat vacated be Daniel Ricciardo at the end of last year. Things got off to a rocky start when he crashed twice during the Barcelona test last month. This in turn limited team mate Max Verstappen’s track-time.
With the season opener just a week away, Gasly is under pressure to prove his mettle for his new team.
“The team is very busy, with the first race being on the other side of the world, 10,000 miles away, in Australia,” Horner revealed at the Red Bull Show Run in Tokyo. “Pierre has kept the team even busier after his incident last week.”
Gasly, who was also present at the venue, confessed, “I need to learn from these mistakes. It wasn’t the best end of the two weeks but I will remember the positives and work on the negatives. I think overall, the package, the first feeling with it was great.”
The 23-year old admitted that he is still not as comfortable with the RB15 as he had hoped. But he is aware that it is his responsibility to set up the car according to his specifications.
While in Tokyo, Verstappen and Gasly wowed fans by performing doughnuts on the streets. The drivers were in Tokyo in support of Honda, who will be supply the team with power units this year.
According to Horner, the new relationship with Honda was blossoming and the team is ready to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari in the championship.
“It is the start of a new era for Red Bull Racing with Honda,” he declared confidently. “Everything we have seen from the power unit so far, it’s reliability, it’s performance, the way it is incorporated into the chassis, is extremely encouraging.