Pierre Gasly will change his driving style in a bid to adapt to his Red Bull Formula 1 car after struggling to get to grips with the RB15.

The Frenchman has endured a tricky start to the season at Red Bull following his graduation from Toro Rosso and admitted to being unable to transition into his new car as he would like at the opening two events of 2019.

Following up on his first points finish of the year in Bahrain, Gasly scored his first Q3 appearance of the campaign in China as he qualified sixth on the Shanghai grid behind teammate Max Verstappen.

“I think that was the best I could expect,” Gasly told Sky Sports after qualifying.

“It was still a tricky weekend so I think we can be happy with the position but I’m not satisfied with my driving. I’m still struggling with the car so there is still some work to do.”

Asked where he is struggling specifically, Gasly replied: “Basically with all the traction on the exits, I struggle to put the power down and fight a lot with the car.

“I know the things I need to work on, and I probably need to change a bit my driving style and with the team working together to find the direction to make it a bit more suitable for myself.

“The set-up is slightly different [compared to Verstappen] but basically we can see that I’m fighting [the car] more.

“Also we can see that I am a bit more aggressive with the way that I go on the power, which doesn’t help with this car.

“It was OK last year [in the Toro Rosso] so I think I need to change a bit the way I drive to get the maximum from this car.”

Gasly said he aims to try and learn from Verstappen and take advantage of his teammate’s experience working within Red Bull.

“When you are in F1 that is the first thing you look at, your teammate,” he explained. “Especially with him and the fact he has worked with the team, he’s really fast and I have a lot of things to learn from him with his experience inside the team.

“For sure I try to get the maximum out of it and still not satisfied. But I think working with the team progressively we will get there.”



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