Gasly confident of an improvement at Silverstone after recent struggles

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Pierre Gasly does expect to see an improvement in his performance at the British Grand Prix this weekend.

Questions are being asked about the Frenchman's future at Red Bull after what was possibly his most embarrassing race yet in Austria, finishing a lap behind teammate Max Verstappen.

Spielberg was also the third straight race Gasly had been beaten by a midfield car on pure pace, and the tone from Helmut Marko in recent days has suggested that the pressure is mounting.

"Yeah for sure but there are many little things that, when you add them up together they make things a bit more difficult," he said on whether a breakthrough could be made at the British Grand Prix.

"I think slowly there are a few things, not simple things, but we should be able to fix them quickly that will improve the performance quite quickly.

"I don’t want to speak too much but I’m quite confident coming into this weekend that there will be some improvement."

Silverstone has also been a better circuit for Gasly during his career, with reporters reminding him of how victory in the GP2 feature race in 2016 kick-started his season.

"Yeah, it was a kind of a turning point," he reflected. "I like this track, I have had good results here, but is it something that is going to change the whole picture? I don’t think so.

"It’s more like what we are doing with the team and that’s why I’m more confident after two weeks working closely with them and see what we can both do together to improve the performance.

"I think that’s the main thing rather than saying that Silverstone is a track where things will be better because it is a track I like."

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Throughout the year, Red Bull chief Christian Horner has continually backed the 23-year-old, insisting he still has the potential to succeed.

However, Gasly admits it is the work behind the scenes which is more important than shows of public support. 

"What I really trust is what we say when we’re together in the office and in the factory when we see each other," he said of their relationship.

"We’ve seen each other a few times since Austria. Discussed together the things we need to improve on my side and what they can do on their side as well.

"I think that’s why I’m feeling quite confident we should see some good changes and improvement."