Pierre Gasly is aiming to bounce-back from a disappointing French Grand Prix final weekend, the place the French driver might solely handle twelfth-place at his dwelling Grand Prix.
It was a troublesome weekend for Gasly on the Circuit Paul Ricard, after the Scuderia AlphaTauri driver struggled to get essentially the most out of the crew’s new upgrades. Gasly seemed again on his dwelling weekend, forward of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
“Wanting on the positives from the Ricard weekend, I loved the interplay with all my followers and the assist from the French crowd. As for our on-track motion, on Friday the brand new upgrades delivered efficiency, however we couldn’t extract the utmost out of them on Saturday or Sunday, and we left France with no factors ultimately.
“We want a bit extra time evaluating the brand new bundle however there’s clearly a restrict to how a lot we are able to do in just some days. Nevertheless, I do know our engineers will likely be all the information, in order that we are able to strive some extra issues in Friday apply on the Hungaroring, which will likely be one other sizzling weekend.”
Gasly will likely be filled with optimism forward of the weekend on the Hungaroring, the place he has carried out exceptionally nicely lately. The Frenchman is an enormous fan of the venue, with it being of his “favorite” tracks on the calendar.
Gasly is hoping the upgrades will likely be higher suited to the circuit this weekend, the place he can’t wait to race in entrance of the often giant Hungarian crowd.
“I’ve usually accomplished nicely in Hungary, it’s at all times been profitable for me and I’ve completed sixth, sixth and fifth over the past three races we’ve had there and final yr I additionally set the quickest race lap. I just like the format rather a lot, it’s very twisty and technical to drive with only a few straights. It’s distinctive in its method and you’ll actually get right into a rhythm.
“By way of the enjoyment you get from driving it, the Hungaroring is up there as one among my favourites. As at all times right here, it will likely be essential to qualify nicely, as overtaking is historically very troublesome. With the summer time break developing after this race, it could be good to go on vacation with consequence underneath my belt, not only for me, however for the entire crew.
“You want loads of downforce at this monitor, comparable ranges to Monaco and that’s a part of what the updates are supposed to ship. We will likely be pushing as a lot as attainable to be the place we predict we needs to be when it comes to efficiency.
“There’s an awesome ambiance on the Hungaroring. It at all times has a really large crowd and once we get again to town within the night, the followers are ready for us at our resort and they’re very excited in regards to the Grand Prix. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see what kind of present we placed on with these new automobiles on this tight monitor. I hope we are able to carry out nicely.”
Hungaroring a “large distinction” from Circuit Paul Ricard – Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda endured a horrendous weekend in France, after being pressured to retire from the race following contact with Esteban Ocon.
The BWT Alpine F1 Workforce driver ploughed into the facet of Tsunoda, inflicting substantial injury. The Japanese driver was pissed off to have needed to retire, after not getting an opportunity to gather race information on the brand new upgrades.
“The French weekend was vital for the crew as we launched an enormous replace, primarily aimed toward producing extra downforce. There have been particular indicators of enchancment in free apply on Friday and I used to be happy with my Qualifying efficiency, moving into Q3 felt like progress. However my race was ruined when Ocon hit me and though I attempted to proceed, ultimately the injury was too unhealthy and I needed to retire. It additionally meant that it was arduous to evaluate the modifications to the automotive over a race distance.”
Tsunoda is aiming to bounce-back this weekend in Hungary, a weekend he finds “pleasing”. Qualifying is at all times essential across the tight and twisty Hungarian circuit, with overtaking being exceptionally troublesome.
The Japanese driver is to see if overtaking will likely be simpler this weekend, following the development this season of overtaking being simpler within the new automobiles.
“It’s an enormous distinction going from a quick circuit like Ricard to the Hungaroring, which is a lot slower and twisty, and this weekend we’d get a greater concept of what the updates carry, as we enhance our information of how they work. Final yr at this race, I had a bit of fine luck, as a result of though I solely certified sixteenth after a troublesome session, on the Sunday, with the accidents on the opening lap, I used to be finally categorised sixth.
“The Hungaroring is an pleasing monitor to drive, as you get right into a rhythm by all of the corners with no time to loosen up as there are not any actual lengthy straights, however it may be a bit irritating within the race as for those who get caught behind one other automotive, it has at all times been troublesome to overhaul.
“I will likely be eager to see if this yr, that scenario is improved with these new automobiles, as to date we’ve seen that it’s usually simpler to overhaul than earlier than. So, Qualifying in addition to attainable will nonetheless be actually vital. I need to do nicely, because it makes the summer time break that comes subsequent extra pleasing when you’ve got scored factors simply earlier than it.”