The Red Bull F1 junior in exile

The Red Bull F1 junior in exile

After winning the GP2 title, Pierre Gasly had no immediate path into F1, so Red Bull packed him off to Japan to race in Super Formula. The transition is proving tough

After Stoffel Vandoorne, now Pierre Gasly. Red Bull's French protege has this year become the second successive GP2 champion to be sent to Japan for a season to race in the country's hugely competitive Super Formula series while he awaits an opening in Formula 1.

Just as Vandoorne did in 2016 at the behest of McLaren, which wasn't quite sure that it wanted to pension off Jenson Button yet, Gasly is experiencing a taste of a very different racing culture while he queues up behind the Red Bull/Toro Rosso quartet of Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat.

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