To ensure Pierre Gasly can perform up to the expected standards, Red Bull will instil “discipline” in the Frenchman ahead of his debut season with the outfit, says Helmut Marko.
The 2016 GP2 winner will step up to the Milton Keynes outfit in the next season of Formula One racing to take up Daniel Ricciardo’s seat.
Red Bull sent Gasly to Super Formula in 2017 after his success in GP2 to prepare him for the premier series.
The team’s motorsport advisor Dr Marko said Gasly will be under serious review because “that’s what F1 is like”.
“In football, if you’re not performing, you’re sitting on the bench,” Marko warned. “Gasly has shown speed, but of course we have to [install] discipline a little bit.
“But also, the support from the team is a different one. We’re confident that he can do it.”
The Frenchman has a tad bit more experience in racing before stepping up the senior squad when compared to other drivers who came to the outfit.
He raced in 26 grands prix with Toro Rosso, while Sebastian Vettel had 25 plus one with Sauber, Max Verstappen (23) and Daniil Kvyat (19) before moving to Red Bull.
Gasly finishing fourth at Bahrain was the best result for Honda ever since they returned to F1.
When asked how he would rate his rookie year, the Frenchman claimed 8.5 out of 10.
He said: “In my first complete season my main target was to make the best out of the package I had,”
“I knew there would be two, three, four opportunities in the season to score big points.
“All the opportunities that came to us in Bahrain [fourth], Monaco [seventh], Budapest [sixth], I would say they were the main three ones where we managed to do the right thing.
“In Bahrain, I had to deliver a good qualifying at the right time to have the free air in the race and that’s what I managed to do.
“In Monaco, to make it into the Q3, to get a better starting grid position, that’s what we did.
“In the wet in Budapest in qualy as well, I managed to make it to Q3 and have a good starting position.
“They were the races where we had a bit more performance compared to others and we managed to make it happen when it mattered.”