With 50 factors and eighth place within the drivers’ standings after 11 Grands Prix, Pierre Gasly doesn’t know, from a purely accounting standpoint, his greatest begin to the season in Method 1. Certainly, the 2019 seasons (the place he was at Crimson Bull) and 2020 had, at this identical stage, seen the French glean respectively 55 and 53 items. However in a midfield that’s getting denser from yr to yr and after a return to Faenza’s facet in the summertime of 2019, such consistency is the signal of excellent performances.
Among the many excellent outcomes of this primary a part of the marketing campaign, which ended on the night of the Hungarian Grand Prix concurrently the truce started, there’s clearly the rostrum of the Azerbaijani GP, completed in third place, and fifth place with quickest lap in Budapest, on the finish of a race which had began badly due to the incidents at first.
When taking a mid-season toll, Gasly stated: “That is most likely my greatest begin to the season since I’ve been in Method 1. I feel it has been actually profitable. We’ve got clearly already managed to safe a podium in Baku this yr, it was the spotlight of these first ten races. “
“I feel we had nice Saturdays, nice qualifying, placing the automobile in Q3 in most races. And it was an important achievement.” Gasly certainly climbed into the final a part of qualifying throughout 9 of the 11 GPs elapsed, remaining caught in Q2 in Spain and Nice Britain (throughout qualifying for the dash race). Earlier than the penalties are utilized on the grid, his common place in Q3 is 6.9.
“Sunday did not begin so properly, and I feel we made some progress [par la suite] and we managed to combat with some fairly quick automobiles, typically McLarens, typically Ferraris. After which we will see our championship battle taking form race after race with Aston and Alpine. “
“You understand we’re combating for fifth within the constructors’ championship, which has by no means occurred to the workforce, so it reveals we’re having a superb yr, and that is certainly one of my private objectives. ‘convey this fifth place to those guys, and it is going to be a primary [pour eux]. I’ve to say it has been a reasonably thrilling season thus far for us. “
After Esteban Ocon’s victory for Alpine and the disqualification of Sebastian Vettel, who got here second, on the facet of Aston Martin, the combat for fifth place within the constructors’ standings has modified. It’s now the French workforce which is provisionally within the high 5, with 9 items forward of AlphaTauri. Aston Martin, however, is 20 factors behind the Italian construction.