Pierre Gasly has said his mid-season demotion from Red Bull Racing to Scuderia AlphaTauri in 2019 felt “unfair”, but he’s feeling more motivated than ever after recently recording his first F1 victory.
“I haven’t been in Formula 1 for even three years yet and I felt already that I’ve been through a lot of things, highs and lows,” Gasly said in an interview with Sky Sports F1.
“It’s fair to say last year was probably the toughest challenge that I’ve faced in my life.
“Obviously the demotion which was hard and kind of felt unfair for certain reasons,” he added.
Gasly was comprehensively outperformed by team-mate Max Verstappen during his brief stint at Red Bull, but Alex Albon – who was drafted in to replace Gasly – hasn’t fared much better.
Despite the Thai driver taking his first podium at the inaugural Tuscan Grand Prix, he still has many critics who believe he’s not worthy of the second Red Bull seat.
And, following Gasly’s shock win at Monza, there were calls for the Frenchman to be given another shot at Red Bull.
However, the Milton Keynes-based team was quick to say it had “no intention” of switching Gasly and Albon around during the 2020 season.
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