How Red Bull's stubborn protege forced his way into F1

How Red Bull's stubborn protege forced his way into F1

Pierre Gasly gets his first full season in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso-Honda in 2018. His journey has been far from straightforward, and he's had to prove himself to Red Bull many times along the way

Not so long ago, Pierre Gasly's long-term future in the Red Bull programme appeared to be in doubt. After a frustrating first season in GP2 in 2015, he had no obvious and immediate opportunities to move up to Formula 1 thanks to a logjam of talented drivers in the company's ranks - and the sudden arrival on the scene of a very talented Dutchman had closed one door on him.

"Max [Verstappen] came a bit from nowhere and took all the seats!" says Gasly with a smile. "For me at the time [F1] was a possibility, but after there were no opportunities with Max coming."

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