Gasly and AlphaTauri starred in qualifying for F1’s season opener, the Frenchman beginning fifth behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and forward of McLaren drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.
Gasly’s rookie teammate Yuki Tsunoda additionally confirmed flashes of pace however missed out on a Q3 spot.
AlphaTauri’s qualifying tempo has given Gasly confidence that the Faenza staff shall be within the combine on the head of the midfield for your entire 2021 season.
“I believe [with] the tempo we have proven all weekend we’re within the combine with the Ferrari and the McLaren and that is the constructive,” Gasly mentioned. “I believe we’re clearly going to combat with them and on all tracks.”
Whereas Tsunoda impressed on his debut by shifting up from thirteenth to ninth within the race, passing Lance Stroll on the ultimate lap of the race, Gasly’s race was ruined on the primary lap when he hit the again of Ricciardo and needed to pit for a brand new entrance wing.
Gasly, who ultimately retired from the race with additional injury, was disillusioned that AlphaTauri’s promising tempo wasn’t transformed into a giant haul of factors.
“After I had the contact with the McLaren, after that the race was just about over”, Gasly continued.
“I broke the entrance wing, I broken the ground after which that was it just about. We had some extra points in direction of the tip of the race, which meant we needed to retire the automobile.
“Clearly, I am very disillusioned as a result of there was a superb combat with the Ferrari and the McLaren. We missed some good factors.”
Gasly believes AlphaTauri’s improved kind, which is ready to be boosted by incremental upgrades between now and Could’s Spanish Grand Prix, additionally inspired the staff for what lies forward, beginning with subsequent week’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.
“Wanting on the positives I believe the entire weekend we have confirmed some actually robust tempo in qualifying, the long term on Friday regarded robust and I believe we might have been within the combat with the Ferrari and the McLaren,” he added.
“It did not occur, so now we simply have to preserve doing our work and concentrate on the following one and ensure that we get the factors there.
“I am positive we’ll be again preventing with them for the following ones.”