What a weekend for the AlphaTauri young talent in Baku: topped FP3, managed to qualify in P4 on Saturday and stepped on the podium for the third time in his career.
“I’m so happy for the guys, it was a great result!” he said. A great and hard fight one, as he had a consistently good pace but struggled with a Power Unit issue halfway through the race that made it difficult for him to keep up with the rest especially in the straights. He couldn’t manage to keep a flying Sebastian Vettel behind, but gave it all to not let go of that P4, which turned into a podium finish after the final restart.
“The entire race was really full-on, we managed to keep up with the guys ahead but from the middle of the race we had an engine issue and we started to lose some power in the straight, so I knew it was going to be hard until the end, but we managed to hold on to P4.”
Until the very end, as it was the last lap when Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari hunted him down on the main straight, but Gasly held onto his position brilliantly.
“After the restart I thought that Charles would pass me on the straight because we had lost performance, but I saw the podium ahead of me and I tried everything, I just wanted it so badly. It was hard but fair racing, just as we like it.”
PODIUM!!! P3 !!! What a day— PIERRE GASLY 🇫🇷 (@PierreGASLY) June 6, 2021
I don’t know what to say, today I’m just so happy, it was an insane race with such good fights, especially in the last 2 laps. Im so happy for all my guys!! Thanks Team, 3rd podium together 🏆 @AlphaTauriF1 pic.twitter.com/ENAgSEvn0M
After the celebrations, all eyes will be set on the French GP, where Gasly is hoping to do especially well.
“Moving forward to France, we need to analyse what went well this weekend and see how we can use these learnings at the next race. It’s my home race so I really want to do well there but for now it’s time to celebrate – I’ve already had a Red Bull, but I think we’ll be having something else tonight too!”