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Gasly hoping P6 in Budapest a reminder to top teams of his talent

Written by  Jul 30, 2018

Pierre Gasly believes his stellar drive to sixth at the Hungarian Grand Prix will serve as a reminder of his abilities to the top teams in Formula 1.

The Toro Rosso driver may have only scored his third points finish of the season in Budapest, but it was his third top-six finish in addition to his fourth in Bahrain and sixth in Monaco.

More impressively, the Frenchman was able to finish on the lead lap, something few midfield runners have done this season, which was a testament to the performance of the 22-year-old.

“It was really tough in these conditions but an amazing result, especially after the last couple of races,” he reflected.

“We struggled big time so this is the best thing that could have happened to the team, to Toro Rosso, and it is a nice way to finish this first part of the season.

“I had Kevin [Magnussen] pushing pretty hard behind me and the Haas is really fast so I just tried to give it everything I had with the tyres, making them last. I pushed the limit as much as I could and they just lasted."

While the seats at Red Bull look set to be retained by Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, with a future promotion there a natural step for Gasly he admits all he can do is continue to prove his worth.

“You need to be patient, of course,” he told Sky Sports. “Everything goes really quickly in F1 and you guys like to speak straight away about big things and it is really nice to hear.

“But at the moment, I am still in my first season in F1, I am learning a lot this year and, I think as long as I keep performing, my time will come but I just need to keep focusing on myself and improve and we will see.”

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