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Pierre Gasly

The lowdown on Pierre Gasly

2017: 21st. Born: 7/2/1996.

Red Bull’s driver programme is super competitive, and team bosses have no qualms in giving young racers a chance – or the boot.

Pierre Gasly was given his F1 debut in the second half of 2017 as Daniil Kvyat continued his fall from grace, having dropped out of the senior team the previous year and then being axed by Toro Rosso.

The Frenchman, another with a strong family karting background, had earned a reserve role at Red Bull before winning the 2016 GP2 title, and also had two outings in Formula E.

Before being called up by Toro Rosso, he was competing in the Japanese Super Formula series – to which he returned after his first two F1 races in a bid to clinch the title, but was thwarted by bad weather.

He came back to F1 for the rest of the season, driving alongside New Zealander Brendon Hartley. Neither earned any points, but both were retained by Toro Rosso for 2018.

The team made a surprisingly smooth switch to new engine supplier Honda in pre-season testing, so hopes are higher than expected.