Gasly striving for maiden win in Jerez finale

Eighteen-year-old Pierre Gasly heads into the final rounds of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Jerez looking to take that elusive first victory of the season, having stood on the podium eight times in 2014.

The Arden Motorsport driver also has the chance of taking second place in the championship, with the Frenchman only eleven points behind Zeta Corse driver Roberto Merhi, and the teenager insists that both a win and taking second place in the championship are important to him.

“Both are important,” insisted Gasly. “I have to say I really want to win a race, it is the last event of the year so that is my first aim. Of course really they go together, if I win a race it is a lot more likely that I will be able to take second in the championship.”

Gasly has been happy with how he and his Arden team have grown together, and arrives confident that he can finish the season in a positive manner. With overtaking likely to be difficult, the Red Bull Junior driver believes strong qualifying sessions will be required for him to finish the season as he wishes.

“We have a good dynamic going, we’ve been consistently on the podium at the last races so we are going there quite confident,” said Gasly. “We tested there at the beginning of the year and learnt a lot, of course we have progressed with the car since then and I have learnt much so a good qualifying is very possible.

“It is also very important because I don’t think it will be easy to pass so for sure we are concentrating on getting pole and then it is up to me to make the best of it. At least the weather forecast says that it should be dry and we know we have a good car in the dry.

“The Arden guys have done a great job all year and we have been consistently quick and so close to winning, just two more opportunities, we will make the best of them.”