For home-boy Pierre Gasly it was a strong performance at the French Grand Prix, the Frenchman fought hard throughout the race to bring home an excellent seventh place. Rookie Yuki Tsunoda was thirteenth.
Gasly put on a great show in front of his home fans with some hard but fair overtakes, even frustrating McLaren F1 Team’s Lando Norris with one of them. Gasly was well in the mix with the Scuderia Ferrari’s and McLarens all race, but unfortunately lost a spot to one of each team during his pit-stop.
Nevertheless it was a good drive by Gasly, who adds further points to his team’s constructors tally.
“I think objectively it was a good race, we finished behind some strong competitors and we can’t be too dissatisfied with that. Obviously deep inside I would’ve liked to have finished even further up the grid in front of my home crowd, but it was a difficult race and I think we did the best we could’ve today. We lost two positions with the pitstop, both Ricciardo and Charles getting the undercut, and that cost us a bit.
“We’ll have to review the data and see if we could’ve done anything differently. I gave everything I could out there today, and we had some great fights, so I have to be pleased with that. At the end of the day I think to finish P7 is still a strong race for us and we’re taking home some good points.”
“We got stuck behind the Alfa Romeos” – Yuki Tsunoda
On the other side of the Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda garage, it was a long race for Tsunoda having started from the pit-lane. The rookie did well on the opening lap making three places in rapid fashion.
From then on it was a struggle for Tsunoda who got stuck behind both Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN cars leading into an early pit-stop to attempt an undercut. This meant come the end of the race the Japanese drivers tyres were gone, halting his progress up the field.
Having started from the pits, thirteenth is still a positive result for the rookie who just needs to get his qualifying act together!
“The first lap was really good, I started from the pitlane and managed to make up three places. We got stuck behind the Alfa Romeos, who were on a different compound, so we tried to make the undercut work with the Hards. I had to push from the very beginning on that tyre though and by the end of the race they were completely gone.
“Again, I have more mileage and race experience in a Formula 1 car so that’s really positive for me. I now just need to work on my Qualifying so that I can start the race further up the grid and have a better chance of scoring points.”