Gasly be­lieves Red Bull drive is pay­back for when he was over­looked for F1 seat after GP2 suc­cess

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Pierre Gasly feels his Red Bull For­mula 1 shot is pay­back for be­ing snubbed after his GP2 ti­tle suc­cess, when he was “at the right place at the wrong time”.

Gasly be­came Red Bull’s first ju­nior to win the GP2 cham­pi­onship in 2016 but had to race in Su­per For­mula the fol­low­ing year as Car­los Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat were re­tained at Toro Rosso.

How­ever, Sainz’s early move to Re­nault and Kvyat be­ing dropped after a poor run of re­sults meant Red Bull drafted Gasly into its ju­nior team for five races at the end of 2017.

Gasly earned a full-time Toro Rosso drive for 2018 and was then handed an early pro­mo­tion to the se­nior team to re­place the Re­nault-bound Daniel Ric­cia­rdo. “I al­ways be­lieved that if you do right things, at some point good things will come to you,” Gasly said when asked if it was pay­back for hav­ing to wait for his first F1 chance. “I’m re­ally happy to see it pay­ing off now. I get great op­por­tu­ni­ties thanks to all the hard work I’ve done in the past.

“I’ve been some­times at the right place at the wrong time, and this time I’ve been at the right place at the right time.

“My life has been pretty awe­some in the last 13 months. It has not al­ways been the case but I al­ways felt like, ‘OK, if I keep push­ing as hard as I can, and keep giv­ing the max­i­mum out of my­self, good things are go­ing to come’.”

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