Gasly made his F1 debut at the end of last year with Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso before embarking on his first full season in 2018.

The Frenchman has impressed with three top-10 finishes including taking fourth place at the Bahrain Grand Prix, just his seventh race for Toro Rosso.

And when Daniel Ricciardo announced his shock move to Renault for the 2019 season, Gasly was left to battle it out with Carlos Sainz for the role of Max Verstappen’s team-mate.

However, Sainz signed a deal with Mclaren to leave the path clear for Gasly’s promotion, the exact timing of which caught him by surprise.

“When Helmut [Marko, Red Bull boss] started the call with me I was in my underwear,” said Gasly, who was on holiday in the south of France at the time.

“He said, ‘Just to let you know we’ve made our decision and we’d like you to race alongside Max’.

“When the call ended I ran around the house shouting to my mates and they all jumped in the pool straight away.

“There was so much excitement and I was so happy because it’s something I’ve wanted for a long time.

“Of course when I came in to the Red Bull junior programme that was the target, to drive in F1 for this team, so I was just so so happy and had so much excitement.

“There were a lot of emotions as well and I was just so shocked.

“I didn’t really know what I was saying to my mates, so I jumped in the pool and celebrated with my mates and family.

“It was even more special to be there with them as we only really get to spend one week a year together.

“We try to see each other every year, but of course with the F1 calendar it’s difficult to see them.

“So to get the news during that week when I was with them was even better.

“They’ve supported me every weekend from my karting days and as I was moving up through the series.

“Celebrating with them, they were just super happy for me as well, so it was a great moment.”

Gasly has risen quickly through the ranks, beating the likes of Antonio Giovinazzi and Sergey Sirotkin to the GP2 title in 2016 before missing out on the 2017 Super Formula Championship by half a point.

And while he has earned his latest opportunity with Red Bull, it has come about as much by chance.

Marko admitted the team had not been expecting Ricciardo to do anything other than sign a new contract with them.

“I don’t understand it,” Marko said.

“It was a very strange situation.

“The negotiations were difficult but on Wednesday before the Austrian Grand Prix we were talking for two hours and came to an agreement.

“During the weekend, we were talking and renegotiating again.

“In Hungary, he told us that he was OK with everything and that he was going to sign during the test on Tuesday.

“But he didn’t. On Thursday, he called and told me he was going to Renault.

“I can only assume that maybe he doesn’t believe in the Honda project or that Renault offered him a lot of money.”


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