Pierre Gasly says he is ready to make the step up to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and insists that he would not follow the same route as former Red Bull driver, Daniil Kvyat.
With Daniel Ricciardo departing to join Renault Sport Formula One Team for the 2019 season, Red Bull have a seat vacant to partner alongside Max Verstappen.
Carlos Sainz Jr. and Pierre Gasly are amongst the favourites to make the step up to the championship winning team to partner alongside Verstappen and be part of an new era in Red Bull with Honda powered engines.
Gasly races with Red Bull’s sister team, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda in his first full season and has impressed with strong results with fourth place at the Bahrain Grand Prix and sixth place in Budapest.
With Honda making the step to Red Bull next year and with Gasly raced with Honda engines this year, could swing to the French driver’s favour.
Speaking to Marca, Gasly believes that he would like to make the move to Red Bull next year but is aware that no decision has been made yet.
“Yes, I would like that but I’m not thinking about it too much,” said Gasly.
“I am happy with my season so far at Toro Rosso, I’m happy to be here. At the moment, nothing is decided, I think.”
“It’s a similar situation to Carlos. We’re both waiting to see what happens.”
Red Bull were in a similar position back in 2014 when Sebastian Vettel left the team for Scuderia Ferrari, which saw Daniil Kvyat make the step up to Red Bull a year into his F1 career. Kvyat was dropped in favour of Max Verstappen, only lasting 16 months into the job.
Gasly insists that he isn’t concerned that if he makes the move to Red Bull, it would not end the same way as the Russain driver.
“No. If I’m fast, I’ll have my chance,” he insisted.
“I need to focus, make sure I’m fast and the rest will come.
“It depends how you see things. Look at Red Bull and all the drivers who did not reach the first team, or look at Verstappen, Vettel, Ricciardo and the others who were successful.”
Gasly currently lies thirteenth overall in the championship ahead of team-mate Brendon Hartley, who has scored only two points in a difficult season for the New Zealand driver.
The French driver says that Hartley is a quick driver, despite the numerous retirement that has plagued his season, and says he is prepared to fight any team-mate who is partnered with him.
“Brendon is pretty fast and doesn’t make it easy for me.
“I don’t care what team-mate I have next season, because if I want to be the best, I have to fight against the best.
“It’s my first season in F1 and I’m 22, so I am happy to stay at Toro Rosso if they need me. But of course I want to fight for the championship as soon as possible.”