Gasly: Better to focus on potential than pressure of Red Bull exit

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Pierre Gasly is more focused on improving his Red Bull performance than thinking about the pressure over his future.

The Frenchman has had a tricky past two races, finishing eighth and 10th in Canada and France and being beaten by several midfield cars on pure pace.

When Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko was spotted talking to Daniil Kvyat's manager at Paul Ricard, it sparked rumours Gasly could see the same fate as the Russian in 2016.

However, after a guarantee from the Austrian that he would see out the season, the 23-year-old insists his only thought is to improve.

"I think at the moment clearly no one is happy and I'm the first one not happy with the performances," he said on Thursday in Austria.


"I'm a racing driver, I feel we are far from showing the potential we have. That's not pleasant and no one is happy about it. So, at the moment I'm just trying to focus on putting everything together.

"There are things that I can do better as well, we can all do better but we're clearly not showing the potential, so I think that's the main thing we need to focus on at the moment."

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Following Gasly's poor home race at Paul Ricard, Red Bull responded by taking apart his car to search for any unseen defects.

But Pierre believes the heart of the problem is consistency. 

"Some sessions we are fast, some others we are not. So it's just a matter of finding that consistent base, that's the main thing," he explained.

"I think with the car, sometimes we are fast, just not as consistent as the other car, for different reasons. I think it's really important for us to find what works and go like that every weekend, building from that base.

"It's that at the moment we're struggling to find."