As we did yesterday with the McLaren drivers, this time we will be talking about Pierre Gasly’s 2019 season. The Frenchman had a strange season. He started with Red Bull Racing after being promoted from the B team, Toro Rosso. Last year, he had an excellent season with the Italian team (Toro Rosso) and he achieved a spectacular P4 in Bahrain. Even though, everyone was expecting a lot of the Frenchman, Pierre had two massive accidents during the winter tests and a lot of people think that these incidents were the ones who “destroyed” his self-confidence and his confidence on the car.
As usual, the first Grand Prix was the Australian Grand Prix and it was Pierre’s first GP with Red Bull Racing. It wasn’t the start he would have wanted as he was knocked out in Q1 and in the race he finished P11 and ironically behind of Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso. The second race was the Bahrain Grand Prix and Pierre scored his first points in Sakhir. The Frenchman achieved a P8 and his first 4 points of the season. The Shanghai International Circuit was the third Grand Prix of the 2019 season. On Chinese territory, Pierre finished on P6 but made the fastest lap, therefore, he scored another point. During the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Pierre was running in the top 6 but an engine failure costed him his race and he didn’t score any points. The track when Pierre crashed on preseason was the next Grand Prix, yes, I’m talking about the Spanish Grand Prix. In this race, Pierre finished on P6 once again and he got 8 points. Monaco was one of his best races with Red Bull as he finished fifth and he made the fastest lap, that means he got 11 points. Canada was another bad result for the Frenchman as he finished on P8 but behind both Renaults. His home race was the next one, but it wasn’t an inspiration for him as he finished P10 and scored only 1 point. Austria was the first win for Red Bull Racing, but it wasn’t for Pierre. Even though Max won in Austria, Pierre only scored 6 points after finishing on P7. Great Britain was the next Grand Prix and it was his best result of his season with Red Bull Racing. The Frenchman finished on P4 after the incident between his teammate Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel, this means that he scored 12 points. The German Grand Prix was maybe the best race of 2019 but Pierre didn’t enjoy it a lot… Pierre had a DNF after colliding with Alex Albon in the final laps of the GP. Hungary was the next and final Grand Prix of Pierre with Red Bull. Gasly finished on P6 and brought home 8 points. In all his races with Red Bull, Pierre scored in total 63 points.
After the summer break, Pierre was demoted back to Toro Rosso after a tough first half of the season with Red Bull Racing. In his “first” Grand Prix with Toro Rosso in Belgium, he finished on P9 and scored 2 points. Monza was a tough track for both Toro Rosso and neither of them scored points. The Singapore Grand Prix was the next one and it was another good one for Pierre as he finished P8 and 4 more points to him. Gasly didn’t score points in the Russian Grand Prix but he did in the Japanese Grand Prix, he finished on P7 and got 6 points. Mexico was the next one and he scored 2 points as he finished on P9. Neither in U.S.A nor Abu Dhabi Pierre scored points as they were very poor in terms of competitiveness. But, Pierre achieved an amazing P2 and his first podium of his Formula One career during the Brazilian Grand Prix. It was a masterclass driving from the Frenchman. Finally, Pierre finished on P7 with 95 points and only 1 point behind sixth place Carlos Sainz.
As you can see, Pierre had a tough first half of the season, but he recovered his pace and confidence when he went back to Toro Rosso. He is now confirmed with Toro Rosso for the 2020 season, hopefully we can see them fighting for podiums or at least challenging McLaren for being “best of the rest”.