Pierre Gasly: “It’s always awesome to be back in a Formula 1 car”

by Aaron Gillard

Pierre Gasly finished tenth quickest in the second day of the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test with Red Bull Racing.

The French driver managed a trouble free session with a total of 107 laps and completed a packed programme session, with Tuesday’s running by Max Verstappen disrupted due to technical issues.

Gasly ended the test tenth with a time of a 1:20.337s ahead of Williams Martini Racing‘s Luca Ghiotto, Haas F1 Team‘s Santino Ferrucci and Sauber F1 Team‘s Nobuharu Matsushita.

“It’s always awesome to be back in a Formula 1 car. These opportunities don’t come up very often, as F1 testing is so limited, so it was great to be back behind the wheel.” said Gasly.

“Max didn’t have the smoothest day yesterday so we had a lot of work to do. In terms of driving it wasn’t the most exciting day for me, but the programme was really useful for the team – a lot of aero testing, a lot of long runs.”

Red Bull ran a number of programmes with Gasly over the course of the day with aero mapping, vehicle dynamic and tyre management. Red Bull had a deal with small issues during the day but nothing that would affect running for the French driver.

“In terms of tyre management it was useful for me too in gaining an understanding of how the tyres perform. In the end we didn’t get time to do any performance runs but it’s more important to focus on what the team needs to learn, and in the end we did more than 100 laps, so a good day.”

Red Bull Racing Senior Projects Engineer Jeff Calam was happy to have a more productive day at the Hungaroring on Wednesday, although there were still a few minor issues that slightly affected the day.

“We definitely had a more productive day than yesterday,” commented Calam.  “We had a couple of small gremlins during the day but nothing that significantly affected running.

“In the morning we started with aero mapping work using our current package and then later on we worked through some items related to vehicle dynamics and suspension. After the lunch break we were mostly looking at tyre work and finally we went back to more aero mapping.

“It was good to have Pierre back in the car and as usual he was very consistent and gave great feedback. He has been a bit unlucky with technical issues when he’s tested with us before so it was nice to be able to give him a clear run today.”

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