“I don’t think we deserve any points,” gasly says frustrated after falling to 13th place in Russia
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly made a depressed figure after the Russian Grand Prix failed to score points as he feared a missed opportunity when the rain fell, as well as contact with Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin at the end of the race.
Gasly had a rough start to the weekend, calling his car “harder than usual” to drive despite an impressive third fastest time in second practice on Friday, and ended up qualifying 12th to start 11th on the grid (thanks to the gate penalty of Valtteri Bottas). The Frenchman reached 6th place in the race before stopping on lap 33, and was in 10th place before the rain fell in the final six laps – but fell back out of the points afterwards.
READ MORE: Ocon recounts one of his ‘toughest Sundays of the year’ after scoreless arrival in Russia
When asked if he was disappointed with 13th place on Sunday, Gasly replied, “Yes, of course. I think overall we had a very good first stint keeping Bottas behind for 30 laps and Carlos [Sainz].
“After that, in the second stint, we were right behind Bottas before the rain fell and they stopped. We decided to stay out, and unfortunately, [Bottas] finished P5 and we finished P13. We lost a lot there and we’re going to see what we could have done better.
“The pace was strong at Monza, the pace was still strong here, but we didn’t take advantage of it so this weekend I don’t think we deserved any points because we made too many mistakes and you know, when it’s so difficult sport where everything has to be perfect, i think we didn’t deserve because we didn’t do a good enough job this weekend – it’s that simple. we go to work and come back stronger in Turkey, added Gasly.
As one of the drivers to stop on lap 50, Gasly was slightly behind in putting on intermediate tires when the rain fell and potentially lost points in Sochi. But his run was also hampered by contact with Aston Martin’s Stroll in the final laps, for which the Canadian was fined 10 seconds and two penalty points – while Gasly spun.
READ MORE: Stroll with penalties reflects on Russian GP ‘tough’ end after contact with teammate Vettel and Gasly
“I think he went into the wall and came back and turn 8 cut my wheel. I didn’t see the footage, but I just turned around and suddenly touched myself and then I spun the car, ”Gasly said.
After a run of runs from Hungary to the Netherlands, Gasly has now retired to Italy and a scoreless run to Russia. Turkey is next – the AlphaTauri rider coincidentally finished 13th there in 2020.