The Hungarian Grand Prix was one to forget for Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda drivers Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat, as a retirement and a 12th place finish saw no points come home this past weekend.
After starting 10th, Pierre Gasly was forced to retire on lap 17 with a gearbox issue, the only retirement of the race.
“It was a very difficult weekend for us. For some reason we struggled the whole time, with a few issues here and there,” Gasly said in a press-release.
“Today we had a drivetrain issue and since the beginning of the race I had problems with gear shifts which we tried to fix on track but we couldn’t, so we just had to retire the car.
“It’s a big shame, but we were just unlucky this weekend. Now we have a few days to prepare for Silverstone and I hope to have a better weekend there.”
Kvyat was the lone finisher for the team and he made up plenty of positions from his starting spot in 17th place to finish 12th. However, a strategic error cost him a fight for points, as the soft tyres wore faster than the team had expected, forcing Kvyat to stop early for his second stop.
“I was happy with the race pace today, I overtook some cars already on lap one and I made a very good call to go on slicks at the right time,” he said in a press release.
“After the pit stops I ended up behind cars I had already overtaken on the first laps. I need to review the race to understand it better, because I felt there was a chance of finishing in the points today and to end up only P12 is not really satisfying.
“I’m still working on understanding the car with my engineers and we learnt a lot during the last three races. Every lap is important and we’ll try different solutions to suit the car a little bit more to my driving style in Silverstone.”
Gasly sits 12th in the points on six points after this weekend, and Kvyat is 15th with one singular point, tied with Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen.
AlphaTauri will look to rebound with a better performance at the British Grand Prix on 02 August.