AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly has declared not feeling as comfortable as he would want to in front of his home crowd, but feels pleased with the grid place he got for Sunday's race.
Behind the dominant Red Bull and Mercedes teams, Gasly narrowly missed out on 'best of the rest' as he was narrowly pipped to P5 by Sainz.
“It’s a very good day and I’m really pleased to Qualify in sixth position. It’s been quite a difficult weekend up to this point, I haven’t felt that comfortable in the car and we’ve struggled a bit with the changing conditions. We’d made lots of set-up changes to the car across the weekend and it all came together for Qualifying.
After the disappointment of finding out my lap was cancelled, I knew I had just one shot to get it right in Q3. My adrenalin levels were high, and I managed to put an even better lap together, so I’m very happy with that. Tomorrow will be interesting for us as we return to a normal race circuit, we’re starting on the same tyres as everyone else, so strategy will be key.
We’ll give everything we have and hopefully we can get some good points here, in front of my home crowd," said Gasly after the qualifying sessions.