Gasly and AlphaTauri starred in qualifying for F1’s season opener, with the Frenchman beginning fifth behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and forward of McLaren drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.
Gasly’s rookie team-mate Yuki Tsunoda additionally confirmed flashes of pace however missed out on a Q3 spot.
AlphaTauri’s qualifying tempo has given Gasly confidence that the Faenza-based group shall be within the combine on the head of the midfield for your complete 2021 season.
“I feel [with] the tempo we have proven all weekend we’re within the combine with the Ferrari and the McLaren and that is the optimistic,” Gasly stated. “I feel we’re clearly going to struggle with them and on all tracks.”
Whereas Tsunoda impressed on his debut by shifting up from 13th to ninth within the race, passing Lance Stroll on the ultimate lap of the race, Gasly’s race was ruined on the primary lap when he hit the again of Ricciardo and needed to pit for a brand new entrance wing.
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
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Gasly, who ultimately retired from the race with additional injury, was disillusioned that AlphaTauri’s promising tempo wasn’t transformed into a giant haul of factors.
“Once I had the contact with the McLaren, after that the race was just about over,” Gasly continued.
“I broke the entrance wing, I broken the ground after which that was it just about. We had some extra points in direction of the tip of the race, which meant we needed to retire the automotive.
“Clearly, I am very disillusioned as a result of there was a very good struggle with the Ferrari and the McLaren. We missed some good factors.”
Gasly believes AlphaTauri’s improved type, which is ready to be boosted by incremental upgrades between now and Might’s Spanish Grand Prix, can also be inspired about what lies forward for the group, beginning with subsequent week’s Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.
“Trying on the positives I feel the entire weekend we have confirmed some actually robust tempo in qualifying, the long term on Friday appeared robust and I feel we’d have been within the struggle with the Ferrari and the McLaren,” he added.
“It did not occur, so now we simply have to maintain doing our work and give attention to the following one and be sure that we get the factors there.
“I am positive we’ll be again preventing with them for the following ones.”