Pierre Gasly says he feared for his Formula 1 career as his promotion to Red Bull swiftly descended into misery, and ultimately demotion back to Toro Rosso.
The Frenchman was elevated to the senior Red Bull team in the wake of Daniel Riccardo defecting to Renault, but started the season on the back foot, finishing outside of the points on his debut in Australia after a team mix-up in qualifying left him with a Q1 elimination.
Gasly's inability to pass the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat in Melbourne would serve as a precursor for his struggles as he routinely found himself battling among F1's midfield, while Max Verstappen was able to put pressure on Mercedes and Ferrari.
The 2016 GP2 champion was dropped down to Toro Rosso over the summer break, with Alexander Albon stepping up to Red Bull, but Gasly was able to recover confidence in the sister team and scored his first career podium in the Brazilian GP after a superb drive in a chaotic race.
The 23-year-old has not ruled out looking to return to Red Bull in the future, but says different approaches from himself and the team will be required if he does make it back to the top squad.
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