Pierre Gasly believes his Toro Rosso drive is proof that drivers can enter Formula 1 without massive financial backing.

This year Gasly will take to the grid for his first full season in the sport with Toro Rosso having being promoted during the second half of the 2017 campaign.

The 21-year-old has done so on talent alone as, unlike other drivers, he does not have millions in financial backing.

And while this has at times made things a bit more difficult, Gasly feels it is proof that talent can win the drive.

“In the end, we all know it’s not always about performance,” he told Autosport.

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