Gasly loved a strong 2020 season by ending tenth within the drivers’ championship, capped off by a shock maiden win within the Italian Grand Prix.
AlphaTauri’s 2020 automobile allowed Gasly and former teammate Daniil Kvyat to be firmly within the midfield combine, the pair scoring factors on 17 events because the staff completed seventh.
Regardless of the restricted growth window for 2021, Gasly believes that the Faenza staff has taken one other step ahead throughout the low season following a “actually constructive” three days of winter testing in Bahrain.
At Sakhir the AlphaTauri AT02 confirmed its potential within the palms of Gasly’s new teammate, Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda. Tsunoda set the second-fastest time in Sakhir one tenth slower than Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen, albeit with the assistance of in depth DRS utilization.
Gasly mentioned he hoped the thrill round AlphaTauri is justified however warned that it was nonetheless too early to attract conclusions forward of this weekend’s season opener on the identical venue.
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, 1st place, arrives on the rostrum
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“There are good causes to be excited and I hope we’re going to have the ability to placed on some robust performances early on within the season,” Gasly informed F1’s world feed in Bahrain.
“We’ve bundle, however I do not wish to draw any fast conclusions as a result of issues will probably be very completely different [during the race weekend]. In the intervening time we’re simply taking a look at ourselves.
“There are at all times issues to enhance however to be sincere after three days we’re lots higher than after we have been on the identical time final yr in Barcelona. I am actually blissful.”
AlphaTauri’s confidence has been boosted by an upgraded Honda engine, which Gasly mentioned is an efficient step ahead in comparison with final yr’s energy unit.
“To this point we’re actually blissful [with the engine], it is a step ahead in comparison with final yr,” he defined.
“Driveability has been excellent all three days, so actually constructive on this facet.
“I do not wish to get too excited earlier than we get to qualifying after which I feel we’ll get the complete image. I actually hope we may be within the struggle for some good factors.”