F1 driver Pierre Gasly calls reports of his being replaced at Red Bull fake news

Pierre Gasly is sixth in the Formula 1 points standings.

Pierre Gasly is blasting a growing number of media reports that Red Bull is planning to replace him with Nico Hulkenberg for the 2020 season.

As the saying goes, there is no smoke without fire. Gasly is as aware as anyone that his opening six races for Red Bull, stepping up from Toro Rosso to replace Daniel Ricciardo, have been below expectations.

A highest finish of fifth and accumulating just 32 points, Gasly already finds himself trailing teammate Max Verstappen by 46 points. Earlier in the year, reports emerged from the Verstappen camp saying that he doesn’t even look at Gasly’s data due to the difference in pace between the two men.

Helmut Marko, Red Bull advisor and head of their driver development program, is famous for his lack of patience with drivers who fail to make the step up between teams. Reigning Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne was never given a crack and the same is true of Formula E Season Two champion Sebastian Buemi. Daniil Kvyat was promoted and then relegated back to Toro Rosso to allow Verstappen a seat, but Gasly maintains he is confident the rumours are false.

“We (Gasly and Marko) call each other every week, so after each race, we’re on the phone together. He called me before just to sort everything out,” said Gasly.

“Honestly, I don’t want to waste any time with this kind of bullshit. I have more important things to take care of like my job, my family, my friends.

“For me, bullshit like this is just bad journalism. I don’t want to comment any more about this.”

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