Gasly to stay with Red Bull in 2016

French driver Pierre Gasly has confirmed he will remain part of the Red Bull Junior Team for the 2016 season.

Gasly to stay with Red Bull in 2016
Pierre Gasly
(L to R): Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing Test Driver with Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing RB11 Test Driver
(L to R): Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Test and Reserve Driver with Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing Test Driver and Esteban Gutierrez, Ferrari Test and Reserve Driver
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Honda Test and Reserve Driver with Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing Test Driver
Pierre Gasly, DAMS
Pierre Gasly, DAMS
Pierre Gasly, DAMS
Pierre Gasly, DAMS
Pierre Gasly, DAMS
Pierre Gasly, DAMS leads Nobuharu Matsushita, ART Grand Prix

Gasly, who donned the reserve driver role for the Red Bull Formula 1 squad in 2015 alongside his GP2 commitments, does not know his exact duties for next year - but is certain of continuing his association with the energy drink giant.

"Yes, I will stay with them," Gasly told Motorsport.com. "But we are now trying to find a solution to continue in GP2."

"I don't know [my exact role], at the moment. Officially, my [Formula 1] reserve role is over, for next year I need to see with Helmut [Marko].

The Frenchman, who was given the Red Bull reserve role in September, said the experience was massively beneficial to his progress.

"I am doing all the briefings, debriefings, I have the radio so I can hear all the conversation as to what the drivers say to their engineers and, for me, I can get involved and see how it goes.

"Of course, it is a good experience, it is frustrating as I am not driving as I see all the drivers racing and I’ll like to be with them.

"But at the moment I am going with the programme and making the most out of it to be ready for the future."

Chasing GP2 title

While Gasly finished only eighth in his first season in GP2, the French driver aims to compete for the title in 2016.

"My goal is definitely to get back in the championship to win the title," he confirmed. "I think we got much stronger towards the end of the season."

Gasly took three poles in the four final rounds of the season, narrowly beating champion Stoffel Vandoorne on each occasion, albeit he failed to convert any of them into a maiden victory.

"I think I understood how the tyres work in the end and I feel confident for next year," he added. "Hopefully, I’ll be in a good team to fight for the championship."

His prime concern in the winter is finding sponsors as he said Red Bull will not cover the full budget.

"I am just trying to find a solution because am struggling a bit, we are not sure about the budget, I am still looking for sponsors.

"Red Bull don’t pay for everything. Next year they won’t be able to pay for everything and so I need to find sponsors and it's quite difficult.

While continuing with DAMS could be an option depending on the budget, Gasly tested with Russian Time and newcomers Prema in the official post-season run.

Disappointing season

A topsy-turvy GP2 season left the Frenchman somewhat disheartened as he didn't manage to end what is now a two-year winless streak - despite making the podium on four occasions.

"I am like quite disappointed because the pre-season test went very well when we topped the timesheets in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain," he said.

"We expected to be right on the top in the beginning and then we had a tough first part of the season.

"I struggled a lot with the tyres in the race, I had to work quite a lot on the tyre management.

"We had quite a lot of bad luck a well," he added. "In Monaco I got a penalty, which was wrong in the end from the stewards. There were a couple of crashes - the first race in Bahrain, Spa as well, Red Bull Ring as well.

"So, I think we missed out on a lot of points, we didn’t really show the potential we had.

"In Monza I was pretty disappointed as I was leading the race and we had a technical failure on the car. We could have won there and we didn’t manage to make it."

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