Red Bull identify Gasly’s key weakness and set deadline for improvement

Pierre Gasly has been given time until the F1 summer break to improve his performances for the Red Bull Racing F1 team. Long time team-advisor Dr. Helmut Marko is demanding a sharp improvement in the Gasly’s overtaking.

Gasly’s performances have come under scrutiny as he has fallen way short of Max Verstappen since he replaced Daniel Ricciardo at the team, prompting rumours that he may not see out the season as a part of the senior Red bull squad.

Verstappen won the Grand Prix in Austria last weekend, lapping Gasly in the process which underlined the current gap in the pair’s performance. Whereas Verstappen made short work of moving through the field after dropping back to 7th place due to a poor start, Gasly began in the pack and struggled to pass Kimi Raikkonen, and then failing to get past the McLaren of Lando Norris.

“That can be partly explained by the fact that we had a new front wing, which was a big step, but unfortunately we had only one left for the race and Max got it,” Helmut Marko is quoted by Auto Bild. “Nevertheless, Pierre Gasly has to improve, especially on his overtaking. He has to deliver by the summer break, but I’m sure we’ll get him there.”

Verstappen’s win in Austria came after intense speculation about his future at the team, but Marko believes the result will prove to Verstappen that Red Bull is the place to be. He added: “Sunday’s victory was an important step, Max knows what he has with us and Honda , and the Honda people showed what they are capable of doing at the Red Bull Ring.

“The first time they’ve used a new, more aggressive engine software this season brought us a big step forward, with the next upgrade of the engine due in Monza “We are also improving from the chassis side in every race and now I can confidently say that when the others falter we are fully there.”

  • Source: Red Bull Racing / Autobild
  • Photocredit: Red Bull Content Pool

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