Horner: Red Bull's Gasly like a "different driver" in F1 British GP

Jonathan Noble
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Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Pierre Gasly was like a "different driver" in Formula 1's British Grand Prix.

Gasly had been the subject of speculation over his F1 future after a difficult start to his first season with Red Bull and entered the British GP having scored 43 points compared to team-mate Max Verstappen's haul of 126.

The former Toro Rosso driver was a lapped seventh in Austria ahead of the British race and led to a rethink at Red Bull to help Gasly recover, including a switch to Verstappen's set-up.

Horner said Gasly, who finished fourth at Silverstone, has made a step forward.

"I think Pierre has done a very good job all weekend," said the Red Bull boss.

"Turning the page from Austria, that was a really tough weekend for him, and coming here [he was] just focusing on what he is doing and not worrying what his team-mate was doing.

"Just getting back to basics, he has been like a different driver all weekend.

"From the first session [at Silverstone], he has been competitive. He has built on that in FP2, and in all three elements of qualifying, he was competitive and the race again here.

"He passed [Sebastian] Vettel in the race and was racing hard with [Charles] Leclerc and I thought he drove very well."

Asked by Autosport if the Gasly turnaround was simply down to a new set-up, Horner said: "Not really.

"I think that just his approach to the weekend has definitely helped and he has just turned up here and been competitive."

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Gasly said the British GP had felt like a "massive" step forward for him, but that he was disappointed to miss out on a podium finish.

"I think it was by far the best weekend of the year, we can be pleased," Gasly said.

"There were quite a lot of things going on after Austria, a lot of meetings with the team checking how we can improve the whole thing.

"We made a few changes and [I'm] just pleased that from the first session we could see a big step forward.

"It was a strong Friday, strong Saturday, strong Sunday. I just enjoyed the whole weekend a lot more so I think we can be pleased with the step we made.

"I am so pleased with the fourth place but, of course, as a competitive guy, I am a bit disappointed to miss out on the podium by a couple of seconds.

"I'm a bit gutted now but I think we need to look at the whole picture and the whole weekend and it was a big step forward."

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