Pierre Gasly admits he may need a pole position at Paul Ricard if he is to secure his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 victory in front of an adoring home crowd this weekend.

The Frenchman is yet to qualify on the top spot but has three podiums to his credit after his second place finish at the French circuit on Saturday. That race was won by championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr.

"I think the main thing to do is find the pace to get the pole position in qualifying and, after that, the race will be much easier," he told Crash.net . "We have seen during the races that the pace is really good so we need to start one place ahead tomorrow and hopefully it will be much easier."

If the Red Bull junior is to secure pole position anywhere, he admits that his home circuit offers the most appeal as he continues to fight for second in the title standings.

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"It is always better to be on my home track," he continues. "It is nice having people who are here to support me and I would like that first victory here."

The eighteen-year-old believes the pace is there to secure this elusive first win, Arden Motorsport's first since Antonio Felix da Costa's Paul Ricard victory last year.

"Unfortunately I didn't get it today but still second place is good and we should be happy with that, especially with the fastest lap but I am still looking for that first victory and we need a bit more to get it."

Gasly is third in the championship standings behind Roberto Merhi and Sainz Jr.