“A different challenge to the ones from the first two races” – Pierre Gasly – The Checkered Flag


Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda has endured an up and down begin to the 2021 FIA Method One World Championship, exhibiting actual potential within the apply classes, however have failed to show that into good outcomes and factors.

The Italian-based firm have collected fourteen factors from the opening two Grand Prix, and whereas earlier seasons would have been deemed a superb quantity at this stage, their are upset that it’s not larger, highlighting the substantial progress of the staff.

Pierre Gasly managed to attain his first factors of the season on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, ending seventh after qualifying fifth quickest on Saturday. Nevertheless, the French driver believes the outcomes ought to have been higher.

“Wanting again on the final spherical in Imola, there are some positives to remove from what was a disappointing weekend by way of the consequence.” Gasly stated.

“We have been within the high ten for all free apply classes and have been once more within the high 5 in Qualifying – three and a half tenths off the pole time – which have to be probably the greatest Qualifying instances for the staff.

“Seventh within the race continues to be a superb consequence, even when we all know we must always have performed higher. We’ll focus on it as a staff and see how we will be certain that it doesn’t occur once more.”

With Method One heading again to the Portimao Circuit this weekend, Gasly will probably be hoping to copy the same efficiency to final yr that noticed him end in fifth place.

“Final yr I had a superb race in Portimao, ending fifth. It’s a extremely distinctive circuit with all of the gradient modifications, going up and down like a rollercoaster.

“It’s enjoyable driving there and really completely different to what we’re used to – as a low grip observe, the automotive slides rather a lot and it’s not straightforward to get the tyres as much as temperature.

“We will probably be operating the C1 arduous tyres and final yr, particularly in FP1 they have been very arduous to heat up, however this time now we have a bit extra data and expertise and the climate will definitely be hotter this yr. So, we are going to face a distinct problem to those from the primary two races.”

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Yuki Tsunoda – ““I realized quite a lot of classes in Imola”

After an thrilling efficiency within the opening race of the season, Yuki Tsunoda was shortly introduced again all the way down to earth in Imola, making two very important errors that ruined his weekend.

The rookie driver was trying fast across the circuit, hoping for a superb end in qualifying. Nevertheless, he spun at flip fourteen and suffered an enormous quantity of harm that ended his qualifying session, which resulted in beginning behind the grid.

Tsunoda definitely made some floor all through the race, and at one stage was behind Lewis Hamilton in tenth place, however on the restart on lap thirty, the Japanese driver spun at flip two and located himself within the gravel earlier than ending twelfth.

The newly-promoted F2 driver admitted that Imola was a studying curve in his early Method One profession.

“I realized quite a lot of classes in Imola. It was fairly the other to Bahrain which had gone effectively. I had very excessive expectations for Imola and so had the staff.” Tsunoda stated.

“All the things had gone easily in free apply however then I made an enormous mistake in Qualifying, which meant I had a really robust race. I had not had a foul crash for 2 years, so this was a lesson which I can be taught from going into the following races.”

“The race was additionally the primary time I had pushed a Method 1 automotive within the moist and utilizing the intermediate tyres was actually tough, so I needed to construct up my pace regularly. However now we have a automotive that has been aggressive on the first two tracks, able to operating within the high six.”

Tsunoda will probably be aiming to make amends this weekend when the Method One groups journey to Portimao for the Portuguese Grand Prix however admits it could possibly be a difficult weekend after haven’t raced round this circuit earlier than.

“The observe in Portugal is new to me. I don’t know what to anticipate, though I’ve performed a few classes driving Portimao on the simulator and I’ve watched final yr’s Grand Prix.

“It’s a stunning circuit with attention-grabbing corners like Flip 1 and the off-camber Flip 13 which seems to be fairly distinctive, in addition to so many up and down sections and blind corners.

“I believe it could possibly be tough for observe limits, however I’ll construct up my tempo regularly. Will probably be a totally completely different scenario to the earlier two rounds, as I had already pushed rather a lot in Bahrain and Imola earlier than the race weekend.”

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