Gasly expects news on future this month
7 August 2017 – Red Bull reserve driver Pierre Gasly believes there will be developments regarding his future later this month, as he strives to graduate to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso.
Gasly, a long-term member of Red Bull's young driver scheme, clinched last year's GP2 title, but was overlooked for a Toro Rosso seat after Daniil Kvyat's renewal.
Gasly has competed in Super Formula this season, alongside Red Bull reserve duties, which led to the Frenchman carrying out a day's worth of running in the RB13 in Hungary last week.
On his future hopes, Gasly commented: "My plan is of course to be with Toro Rosso on the grid, that's the target, to be on the grid in 2018.
"There are so many things are going on at the moment, hopefully it can turn out well for me, of course we need to wait, but definitely the plan is to be on the grid next year.
"I don't have any manager, so I speak straight with [Helmut Marko] and, you know, he's a really straightforward guy, so you know when something happens.
"He basically just calls you and says, 'OK, that's done', so at the moment we are having a good relationship.
"As you know it's really busy with the teams, with the engine supplier, many things going [on].
"It's a bit too early, we are only like [at the] beginning of August, but definitely I think this month we will hopefully have more news."
Gasly admitted being unable to secure an immediate graduation to Formula 1 was difficult, comparing his situation to that of a title-winning second-division football team.
"It's difficult but after winning GP2 last year of course your target is to be in Formula 1," he said.
"Lewis [Hamilton] has won GP2, Nico [Hülkenberg] has won GP2, Stoffel [Vandoorne] as well, most of the drivers have been there.
"In football when you win the second league then after you aim for the first one and that's the same for me.
"That's my only motivation at the moment: I do a year as reserve driver for Red Bull, which is also useful for me.
"Hopefully when I will have my opportunity I will be at my best and be able to perform but at the moment we need to wait and see what's going to happen."