After having to retire during the opening round in Bahrain, Pierre Gasly completed a fine Grand Prix in Jeddah to score his first points of the season. The French thus retains a lot of positives from this race even if he regrets that his teammate Yuki Tsunoda could not take part in the race due to engine problems.
« It’s a shame we didn’t manage to score points with both cars in Saudi Arabia and overall it wasn’t a great weekend for the team. But from my side I want to remember the positives. : I reached Q3 for the second time in a row and started eighth on the grid, which proves that our car can fight for the points. We must now make sure to exploit any opportunity because the battle is very tight between the teams this year, and it looks like two more teams can struggle in the midfield compared to last year. »
The AlphaTauri driver also wanted to salute the turn taken by Formula 1 this season. The new ground effect single-seaters produce the effects expected so far.
« We can already say after two races that the new regulations are working because it’s easier to overtake than before. It’s good that it’s easier to follow another car and that translated into some great battles in track and I expect it to last all season. Regarding the tyres, so far there doesn’t seem to be a major difference. It’s a bit difficult to understand because in Bahrain we saw more stops than expected, while in Saudi Arabia there was only one stop. I think it is still a bit early to have a definitive idea on the subject. »
F1 will therefore return to Melbourne this weekend after the last two editions of the Australian Grand Prix were canceled due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. And like the rest of the paddock, Galsy is happy to be back in Albert Park.
« The Albert Park layout has been changed significantly and few corners have remained the same, so it will be new for everyone. It feels faster than before because a lot of the corners have been widened and there are more straight lines. Our car will have to work well and be fast on the straights while keeping enough downforce in the corners. »
“I am personally very happy to be racing here again. The last time I was there was in 2020 but the race was canceled due to Covid so we haven’t raced in Melbourne since 2019. love this track and the country so much. The only negative is that you have to fly 48 hours in the space of a week! It’s amazing to come back here, can’t wait to be on the track! «