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Horner offers hope to struggling Gasly

6th August 2019, 13:46 by Bobbie Jackson

Red Bull chief Christian Horner says they will stick by Pierre Gasly this season but admits he needs to improve.

Gasly made the step up from Toro Rosso to Red Bull ahead of the 2019 campaign but he has struggled to get the best out of his car.

The 23-year-old's best performance came at the British Grand Prix, when he finished fourth, and reports have suggested he could lose his seat.

Team-mate Max Verstappen has proven the car is up to scratch by winning two races and finishing on the podium a further three times.

Horner accepts Gasly needs to step up and is hopeful the Frenchman can improve when they return after the summer break.

"I think he really needs to take some time out during the summer break, reflect on the first half of the season and take the lessons from that into the second half of the year," Horner said.

"It's vital for us if we are to stand any chance of catching Ferrari that we have him finishing further ahead."

Despite Gasly's struggles, Horner insists they won't be making any rash decisions although he admits they will reassess the situation at the end of the year.

He told Sky Sports F1: "Our intention is to leave him the car until the end of the year. But we desperately need to see him realising more of the potential of the car.

"He's got the second half of the year to really get it together because then they'll be a lot of pressure on what we do for next year."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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