Pierre Gasly blamed a poor start in what was a difficult Hungarian Grand Prix for the Frenchman, a race that he could only finish sixth in.
Gasly could only manage sixth in qualifying, and was nearly a second off his pole-sitting Red Bull Racing team-mate Max Verstappen – which put the record between the two in qualifying at 11-1 in favour of the Dutchman.
Verstappen went on to finish second in the race itself, while Gasly struggled after a poor getaway and also suffered the indignity of being lapped by his team-mate who was battling with Lewis Hamilton for victory.
”It was a difficult race right from the beginning,” said Gasly.
“We had a poor start which didn’t make life easy, and after that, I just tried to attack as much as I could but I was sliding everywhere and struggling with grip.
“I was in a bit of a sandwich in Turn 1, then I was quite close with Kimi [Räikkönen] in Turn 2 so I lost a lot of time at the start which didn’t help my race.”
Gasly leaves Hungary in sixth place in the Drivers’ Championship and with his Red Bull future in doubt for 2020, but in a rare bit of positive news for the Frenchman, Red Bull confirmed at Hungary that it has no plans to replace the Frenchman midseason.
”We finished the race sixth and scored some points but for sure it was not the amount we wanted,” Gasly added.
“It’s good for everyone to have a break now and switch off.
“I will relax and review the first half of the season, I will look at what went well and what could have been better so I come back sharper and stronger for the second half and make sure we score more points.“