Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
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Horner: Red Bull still way off competing with Mercedes and Ferrari

Horner: Red Bull still way off competing with Mercedes and Ferrari

Pierre Gasly needs to look good alongside Max Verstappen in 2019. When Daniel Ricciardo dropped the bombshell that he was joining Renault in 2019, it was panic stations for Red Bull. Gasly got the unexpected promotion as the Austrian team scrambled to fill the void left by Ricciardo.

"I think we've been quite optimistic and didn't expect such a level of track evolution and the pack to be so close like this, so it's pretty tough", said Gasly.

Red Bull finished 236 points behind champions Mercedes last season, the team only winning four races across the year. Speaking to La Presse, Villeneuve said, "For Gasly, the only goal is to compare himself to Max Verstappen".

"We're clearly not exactly where we would like to be but I think slowly, session after session, we were going in the right direction", Gasly added.

Driving with Honda power for the first time, Verstappen will start fourth in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix behind Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), nipping in ahead of Charles Leclerc in the other Ferrari.

During the first part of qualifying, the track seemed slow, but this changed when drivers came out for a second run to try to lock in a spot in Q2. "I was pretty pleased with myself when the vehicle crossed the line and I can leave today with my head held high".

"We all know where the vehicle is and my only comparison is Robert".

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