This year, we have decided to rank the drivers in order for their end-of-season results. We are going to publish the 20 reports in reverse order of the ranking that the Nextgen-Auto editorial staff established by noting the drivers.
Pierre Gasly entered his 2021 season with confidence, having regained his marks in F1 at AlphaTauri, and won his first victory at Monza in 2020. But when entering the year, many predicted difficulties against Yuki Tsunoda.
Predictions that did not last long, the French having purely and simply crushed his new teammate. Little helped by the pressure of Helmut Marko, Tsunoda however could not do anything against a very impressive Gasly, who had already put Daniil Kvyat in difficulty last year.
Gasly, however, started his season difficult in Bahrain, with a touch on Daniel Ricciardo who totally ruined his race. After that, he had a series of very good races, with six consecutive entries in the points.
In Imola, a bad strategy certainly prevented him from fighting for a top 5, and he came close to it in Monaco. It was in Baku that he took advantage of the events and finished third, after an impressive overtaking Charles Leclerc on the last lap, to get the third step.
In qualifying, this first part of the season was very clean, with only one elimination in Q2 in Barcelona. For the rest, he qualified in third row in Bahrain, Imola and Monaco, and in fourth place in Baku.
Very solid, he totally eclipsed his teammate, in difficulty at this time of the season. Gasly again finished sixth in qualifying at the next three Grands Prix, before missing Q3 at Silverstone.
Seventh at the finish in France, he then began his most difficult series of races with a retirement in Styria, a ninth place in Austria and an 11th at Silverstone.
In Hungary, he finished fifth despite a start complicated by the chaos of the first corner, in which he wasted a lot of time. Still in the points at Spa-Francorchamps thanks to a good qualifying in the rain, he finished at the foot of the podium at Zandvoort.
At the end of the season, he only missed Q3 in Russia and Abu Dhabi, finishing 12th each time. He started in the top 5 in Turkey, Mexico, and especially Qatar where, thanks to penalties, he was able to start on the front row.
Unfortunately, Losail was a good mirror of what has often cost him dearly in strategy, as his tires collapsed. The AT02 was indeed greedy on the tires, and this sometimes forced AlphaTauri to use less successful tactics.
Gasly has still finished four times in points in five races, giving him 15 points in 22 races. He failed 4 times to reach Q3 but never did worse than 12th in qualifying.
Adding to that a fastest lap in the race and his Baku podium, as well as impressive numbers against Tsunoda, we understand that the main interested party considers this to be his best season in Formula 1.
9th in the championship with 110 points
– 1 podium
– 1 fastest lap
Comparison with Yuki Tsunoda
Race: 13/3 in favor of Gasly (when both have finished)
Qualifications: 21/1 in favor of Gasly