Pierre Gasly Anticipates “very busy” 2021 Sao Paulo GP Weekend

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AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly is anticipating a “very busy” 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix weekend as he returns to Interlagos for the first time since finishing on the podium in 2019. 

This weekend sees F1 head to Interlagos for the first time in two years after their visit in 2020 was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with Gasly now heading into this race off the back of an impressive fourth-placed finish in Mexico.

Reflecting on his consistent weekend in Mexico, Gasly was proud of what he achieved across all five sessions as he explained; “Mexico really was a strong weekend, with the whole team working very hard to achieve this result, and only the two Red Bulls and Lewis were in front of me.

“We were immediately on the pace from Friday and then best of the rest behind the four drivers from the top two teams in Qualifying.”

Gasly also praised teammate, Yuki Tsunoda for an impressive weekend on the 21 year-old’s first-ever visit to Mexico, as he added; “Also good for the team is the fact Yuki is growing in confidence and he was a great help, giving me a tow in Qualifying.”

Gasly though is already “very motivated” for Sao Paulo where he believes the circuit will “suit” him and Tsunoda, especially after he finished second in 2019 to claim his first of three podiums in F1.

Looking back on that particular achievement, Gasly commented; “It was my very first F1 podium and a really big moment for me, especially given the way it happened with the sprint to the line with Lewis from the last corner.

I am looking forward to reliving all those very nice memories and it’s going to be cool to go back there having been on the podium before.”

On what he expects from this weekend around a twisty Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Gasly said; “The track keeps you very busy, it’s anti-clockwise and even the straights are not really straight.

“You’re always having something to do in the cockpit, while the track itself is very technical and I really enjoy it. It’s not easy for the car and Power Unit there, so it will be a challenge.”

Tsunoda meanwhile comes into this race weekend high on confidence as he hailed his performance in Mexico as “one of my best of the season”, despite retiring following a first corner collision with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon on Lap One after starting 17th following a power unit change.

The Honda backed Japanese driver now heads to Brazil for the first time which will host the third and final Sprint Qualifying session of the season, yet Tsunoda feels he will be “more experienced and confident” to handle the fact that he only gets one hour of Practice before regular Qualifying on Friday.

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