The Turkish Grand Prix has been a positive race for Pierre Gasly, from his point of view. The Frenchman had the occasion to prove his talent and hunger for racing with a strong start, even if it cost him a penalty. At turn 1, the AlphaTauri hit Fernando Alonso, and this contact saw him handed a five-second penalty.
Nevertheless, he managed to keep pushing throughout the whole race and he reached a top-six finish behind Lewis Hamilton. This result can certainly be considered a very positive one for AlphaTauri, who brought home several important points after that Yuki Tsunoda had to retire. Talking to the microphones of Sky Sport after the race, the French said he was very happy with his race, even with the penalty.
“I am very glad of the race I had – he stated – It feels good to come back in a top 6 finish, especially considering the 5-second penalty! I did a great performance, and I am very satisfied.”
At this point Gasly started to think about his collision with Fernando Alonso’s Alpine, saying that the space was too little and the touch between the two cars was obviously involuntary.
“In the beginning, I touched with Fernando. There were three of us drivers, all very close to each other and I could not have done anything else except what I did. – he explained – The space was really too little for such conditions.”
Yuki Tsunoda’s teammate feels more confident after this result, as he feels already happy with the way his season is going.
“All in all, the last two weekends haven’t been that bad, have they? This Sunday has been a good one according to me, because we have finally been able to maximise our performance.”