Red Bull offered an unusual picture in Silverstone on Friday. In both training sessions, care child Pierre Gasly was faster than teammate Max Verstappen, in the morning he even set the best time and left the entire field behind him. For the young Frenchman, this could be exactly the motivational boost he needs after Spielberg. There he was still overtaken by the traffic.
It is surely the best Friday of the season”, breathes a”happy”Gasly and speaks of a”really good day”. He says: “We have made a lot of changes since Austria.” These mainly concern the way we work and work with the team on a weekend.” It seems to work,”the 23-year-old rejoices. The line is now to support him as far as possible,”Helmut Marko had already announced.
“He gets Max’s set-up from the beginning because he is the more routine and also has the more experienced team of engineers. Within this set-up he can play around to make it fit his driving style. But not seriously walk away from it. Before that he experimented and jumped from one extreme to the other,”Marko said recently in a conversation with”Motorsport-Total.com”.
Gasly: Good result, but no breakthrough
This plan seems to be working in Silverstone. It is also clear, however, that nothing has yet been won. Gasly knows that too. It’s not until Friday, and we have to confirm it tomorrow. But the feeling is much better today,”he says optimistically. But he also does not want to talk about a breakthrough when asked about it.” I don’t know,”he holds back expectations.
After all: Gasly is satisfied with the balance of the car.” There are still some things we can improve. My second round of training wasn’t perfect, so I can get a little more out of it. But overall I am satisfied,”the Frenchman sums up. On Saturday he wants to continue working in the direction he has chosen. The mood is somewhat different on the other side of the box.
Unlike Gasly, Spielberg-Sieger Verstappen certainly does not lack the necessary confidence at the moment. This made the Dutch on the route harder on Friday.” We just didn’t have a good balance on the car,”he says. He was very slippery and did not feel comfortable either on short runs or on long runs –almost exactly the opposite of his teammate.
Hiding a little behind surprised
On the question of whether the car feels different at the moment than in Austria, he replies: “For the moment already. I’d say this Friday was one of the worst I’ve had this year. There is still work ahead of us.”But understand does not see the whole Friday negatively, precisely because he did not feel very comfortable.
“It is promising that we are still so close to Mercedes and Ferrari. There is a lot of potential,”he explains. For although it was not a good Friday for him, at the end of the day only 0830 seconds were missing for the best time of Valtteri Bottas. According to his own statement, however, since he still has a lot of air left up, he could get much closer to the top on Saturday.
And if he manages to intercept this jump, the internal order at Red Bull could also be straightened out.