AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly has said he’s extremely happy after turning his performance around from Practice to Qualifying to land P4 for tomorrow’s race.
The French driver praised the team for giving him a ‘great car’ and says that he’s hoping to bring home a great result on Sunday.
Gasly is on a run of impressive performances and just last week, finished a disrupted race in sixth after a three-lap run behind the safety car due to torrential rain and secured four points.
Prior to this, he landed 5th at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as he continues to outperform his rookie team mate Yuki Tsunoda.
Speaking after Qualifying Gasly said; “I’m extremely happy getting P4 in Quali today, as it hasn’t been that easy up until this point here, we’ve struggled a bit and lacked some pace in practice.
“We managed to find some extra time and put a really strong lap together when it counted and it’s great to be able to say we will start tomorrow’s race from the second row.
“We knew how important Quali was on this track, as it’s going to be quite tricky to overtake during the race, and we were able to do a very good job today.
“The team gave me a great car and starting tomorrow in such a strong position, I’ll give it all to bring home a good result.”
Meanwhile, Claudio Balestri, Chief Engineer, added; “After Friday’s session we were not fully satisfied and we knew that we could still improve our package.
“For this reason, we decided to change the setup of the cars overnight, trying to work on the tyres and the overall performance, especially in the corners where we were struggling.
“After the morning session we made further little changes and it paid off, we matched our best Qualifying of the season with Pierre, with a very competitive P4.
“Yuki [in P14 for tomorrow’s race] was doing well, but he was unlucky in Q2, due to the red flag he didn’t get to use the new tyres, so couldn’t complete a final push lap.
“Now we are looking forward to tomorrow’s race, we believe it will be difficult to overtake, meaning the starting position on the grid is very important.”