AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly Vows To Extract “the best out of a package” in F1’s Latest Triple Header

(Image credit: Peter Fox/Getty Images)

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly has vowed to get “the best out of a package” across Formula One’s latest triple-header consisting of Mexico, Brazil and Qatar.

Gasly endured a disappointing US Grand Prix last time out in Austin, Texas, as he retired after 14 laps with a suspension failure, whilst his teammate – Yuki Tsunoda finished ninth.

Reflecting on the pain of his retirement in Austin, Gasly admitted that he believed that AlphaTauri could of recorded a double-points finish if he hadn’t of suffered a suspension failure.

“It was a shame I had to retire in Austin as we could have got both cars home in the top 10 and made up a couple more points to Alpine.” said Gasly who noted that the US GP “was a strong event with both cars in Q3, clearly outperforming Aston Martin and Alpine all weekend.”

Gasly though is now focused on a brutal triple-header across Mexico, Brazil and Qatar but iterated that looking after the body will be crucial as he explained: “Rest, recovery and sleeping well will be important because it’s going to be quite complicated with all the different time zones.”

To help with his preparations in handling the multiple time zone changes over the next three races starting with the Mexico City GP, Gasly returned to Europe and has done practice on AlphaTauri’s simulator which he hopes will enable him “to be at 100% for each of these races.”

The Frenchman also noted that extracting performance from his car will be key with some circuits likely to favour their package more than others, as he commented: “In terms of the car itself it’s a case of getting the best out of a package that we now know very well, the other important factor is that some of the upcoming circuits will suit us better than others.”

Gasly also admitted that he expects the high altitude to “make things more complicated” and explained the differences from in and out of the cockpit, adding: “You certainly feel it if you go running, but when you’re in the car you don’t notice, although it does put more of a strain on the car, the Power Unit, the brakes, in fact any part where cooling is required.”

Tsunoda meanwhile described his first visit to Austin as a “good step” after scoring two points but is anticipating a “very tough” triple-header due to a mixture of “long flights in between and a complicated jet lag situation.”

This triple-header also marks the arrival of three new circuits for Tsunoda who feels like all three races could be “quite tricky” especially with Sprint Qualifying returning in Brazil, which will mean only two hours of practice for the 21 year-old in Interlagos, Sao Paulo next weekend.

Tsunoda though has vowed to stick to his race weekend programme and focus on making progress in his development across all three race weekends even though he is wary of what effects he could face in high altitude conditions for the very first time.

“With a helmet on, I can imagine it could be quite difficult and demanding on the neck and arms, but apparently the main effect is on your heart rate.” commented Tsunoda who has adapted his training to focus largely on endurance to ensure that he can handle the conditions.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.