As Mercedes managed to put both its cars in the gearbox of Max Verstappen ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, Toto Wolff still thinks Gasly can have an impact and help Red Bull during the race.
After an eventful qualifying, Verstappen managed to seize the pole position of the Dutch Grand Prix in front of a madding crowd. However, in the last moments, an almost forgiven Lewis Hamilton gave the Red Bull driver a reminder of his presence, putting up a superb lap and finishing the session just 38 thousandths of a second behind his Dutch rival. Probably enough to give the 23-year-old and his team some good cold sweats.
Following the session, a hopeful Wolff spoke his mind on the situation, admitting that he is enthusiastic thanks to the fact that two of his cars are being able to put pressure on Verstappen.
However, the team boss does not want to eradicate the possibility of Gasly playing a major role as a “shadow car” for Red Bull. The Frenchman amazingly qualified P4 earlier today, testifying to the pace and the confidence he is currently showing. A good race start could help the Frenchman insert himself between the Mercedes and give them a hard time getting rid of him.
“We’re P2 and P3, that’s a good starting point,” Wolff told Sky Sports.
“I think we need to be satisfied with where we ended up. Lewis missed out a lot yesterday on running and then, at the end, he put one lap together.
“I think if we’re able to have the same pace in the race, it’s gonna be about survival on a one-stop. Max needs to make a decision, is he going for a one-stop or is he going for two.
“They have Gasly, so they have a shadow car.
“But I think we can play both strategies tomorrow and we’ve seen that two cars that can actually go totally different and suddenly we’ll be pitting one, undercutting, massive pressure leaving the other out and then finishing one-two,” the team principal laughed.
“I hope we have a great race. They were super fair, the public also, there was no booing and it’s just a great atmosphere here. So let’s hope for a great race.”