Gasly moved to a new team called Alpine from the Red Bull stable for 2022. At the Bahrain opener, he placed last in qualifying because he went over the track limits but ended up in ninth place during the race. He eventually finished one spot behind his teammate Esteban Ocon at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.
Alpine F1 boss Otmar Szafnauer has asked people to be patient with driver Pierre Gasly while he figures out how the car works and gets comfortable with them. He said that Gasly likes the engineering team and the mechanics, but it’ll take some time until he is able to get the best performance out of his car.
Pierre Gasly of the Alpine F1 Team said after their last race in Saudi Arabia, “If you give me a couple more races to compete, I can be faster by a couple tenths of a second.” When asked what would help him gain those extra tenths, his engineering team responded that better understanding and setting up the car according to Pierre’s preferences would make a difference.
Alpine’s goal is to stay in fourth place among all teams in the competition and try to catch up with Red Bull, Mercedes, and Ferrari. To do this, they are working hard to make their car better than everyone else by adding new updates. Right now, they are in fifth place with only 8 points while Ferrari has 26 points and Aston Martin is even ahead of them in second place!
When asked to comment on his progress ,Gasly said that although he has managed to get some decent points, he is still not satisfied. He feels like the team is sort of “in between” the top four teams and no many other teams behind them but they are still committed to trying and getting closer to the front runners. In short, it’s been an ok start for now, but Gasly knows that they can do better to score even higher points.
He said that it will soon be possible to see cars with new parts and that’s when the team and him will work together to understand what he needs from the race car for him to get the best speed out of it. So far, we haven’t become as fast as we are aiming for in just two races, but hopefully with a bit more work on our part, we’ll see better performance soon.
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