Pierre Gasly: “To get the P5 at our home race here in Imola is a great result” – The Checkered Flag


Pierre Gasly will begin the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from fifth on the grid on Sunday, and he feels moving into the highest 5 in Qualifying for Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda’s dwelling Grand Prix is a good outcome.

The Frenchman, who was additionally fast when Method 1 raced on the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in 2020, was happy to have the ability to make it via to the highest ten shootout on Saturday afternoon after which put in a clear lap that was adequate for a spot on the third row.

The hole to the entrance of the sphere was tight, with Gasly’s greatest lap simply 0.379 seconds off Lewis Hamilton’s pole place time, and he was simply 0.050 seconds off a spot on the second row.  He feels the place offers him confidence heading into race day at Imola.

“I need to say it was superb right this moment, I’m actually completely satisfied – the entire of Qualifying was a bit tougher than in Bahrain, as I feel various groups have actually upped the tempo,” mentioned Gasly.  

“I’m happy I managed to place all the pieces collectively in Q3 – it was an especially clear lap – and to get the P5 at our dwelling race right here in Imola is a good outcome for the entire workforce. The gaps are extraordinarily shut – I feel we’re simply a few hundredths off Charles [Leclerc] and simply three or 4 tenths from the highest guys – so it’s a fantastic achievement right this moment and we’re in a great place for tomorrow.

“We’ve bought to organize for each scenario within the race – we might have some rain tomorrow, or perhaps some drama up the entrance, so we’ve bought to be able to capitalise on each alternative we will.”

“The crash right this moment in Qualifying was my mistake” – Yuki Tsunoda

Whereas Gasly was celebrating a high 5 putting, team-mate Yuki Tsunoda was apologising to his workforce after crashing out of Qualifying with out setting a lap time.  The harm is probably going going to see the Japanese racer begin from the pit lane.

Tsunoda misplaced management of this automotive on the chicane in direction of the top of the lap and hit the boundaries with the rear of the AT-02, inflicting intensive harm to it and inflicting a pink flag throughout the circuit.

The Japanese driver took full duty for the incident, however he is aware of he might want to put it to the again of his thoughts and get again into the automotive on Sunday and struggle from the again of the sphere.

“The crash right this moment in Qualifying was my mistake and I need to apologise to the workforce – I used to be pushing too exhausting into the entry of the chicane and simply couldn’t management the automotive after that,” mentioned Tsunoda.

“It’s a disgrace as a result of up till that nook the automotive felt actually good and it was a powerful lap – I feel we might’ve gotten via to Q2 on only one compound.

“I imagine there’s the potential for rain initially of tomorrow’s race, so something can occur, and I’ll attempt to push as exhausting as I can to make my method ahead from the again. The automotive appears actually good, so I’ll simply reset my thoughts tonight and leap again within the automotive tomorrow to go racing.”

Yuki Tsunoda crashed throughout Qualifying at Imola on Saturday – Credit score: Bryn Lennon/Getty Photos

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