Pierre Gasly describes F1 midfield battle as ‘a ‘death’

Pierre Gasly described this year’s midfield battle as a “death” after his disappointing start to the season.

Since returning to sister team Red Bull, Gasly has been getting better year by year. He finished 10th in the Drivers’ World Championship in 2020 and improved by one place last season.

But this year has been full of frustration so far. The Frenchman is 11th in the standings with just 16 points and has finished only once inside the top five.

Gasly was talking about what hampered his season and said the car was “completely different” than last year.

“The season didn’t start like we expected, we’re having more difficulties with the car than we initially planned,” Gasly said at the Hawkers Sunglasses event.

“It is a very different car from last year and it has given us a lot of unexpected events, as well as bad luck in many races. We lost several points due to team mistakes and that is a shame. We try to improve everyone together and hopefully soon we will get the results we deserve.”

AlphaTauri is late in the midfield battle and closer to the bottom of the table than they are in fourth. Gasly described this year’s fight for the title of “best among the rest” as “death”.

“Fighting on the podium will be complicated, but nothing is impossible,” said the 26-year-old.

“There are still many races to go, there are many opportunities ahead, and in Formula 1 sometimes there are crazy races. Right now we can’t fight on the podium but obviously our goal is to be there as much as possible, we’ve done that in past it is possible.

“Right now, I consider our competitors to be Alfa Romeo, which is strong, Alpine, as always, and McLaren, who have proven themselves in some races and we’ve fought with them a few times. The center of the table is ‘death’ this year, it’s a huge challenge. “.

AlphaTauri chief Franz Tost recently confirmed that Gasly will remain with the team for the 2023 season following speculation that he may leave in search of new pastures.

“He’s putting in a great performance,” Tost said. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the season [he suffered] With a lot of reliability issues – for example, in Bahrain when the battery caught fire.

“Then there were some other reliability issues that weren’t his fault, it was coming from the team. I’m really happy now because at least in Baku we can show how good he is.

“And I hope we can give him a competitive car for the rest of the season because Pierre has the potential to be up front. Giving him a really good competitive car is in the hands of the team.”

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