Pierre Gasly: “The Hungaroring has always been good to me”

Pierre Gasly is ready for the sixth round of the GP2 Series in Hungary after the DAMS driver had a strong weekend at Silverstone, which saw the young Frenchman finish fourth in the feature race and third in the sprint race.

“I feel good after the improvements,” admitted the 19 year old. “Especially with the podium in Silverstone, I know that we are ready to do even better.

The Hungaroring has always been good to me, second and third last year in Formula Renault 3.5 and a win in the 2 litre [Formula Renault 2.0].”

Gasly claims he is ready for the challenges that Hungary will offer to him this weekend: “…It is a technical track and I like the challenge. It is going to be harder on the tyres than the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone but I have been working well with the team on that aspect and I feel I am a lot more in control of the situation than I was earlier in the year.

“We are certainly going in the right direction now and that is down to work throughout the team to make sure we have everything set when we need it. We all know that the Hungaroring is about qualifying and the focus required for that.”

Pierre Gasly heads into the weekend with a heavy heart after the passing of the GP2 star’s close friend and Formula 1 driver, Jules Bianchi.

“We worked together in the French [Fédération Française du Sport Automobile] team,” Gasly said, talking about the memories he had of working with Bianchi. “He was a little bit older, but I looked up to him. He was always good to me, he was someone who was very special. He is a great example to us all and especially to me.

“I will very much have him on my mind this weekend and hope to get a good result for him. It is important to me.”