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Pierre Gasly thinks AlphaTauri has had “one of our best Fridays”

Pierre Gasly at the Emilia-Romagna GP. Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Pierre Gasly is delighted with AlphaTauri’s performance on Friday at Imola was very good, labelling it “one of best Fridays.”

AlphaTauri was among one of the most impressive teams on the first day of the Emilia-Romagna GP. Pierre Gasly acknowledged the team’s pace on Friday and named it one of the best ever for the team.

“I think it was one of our best Fridays. P5 this morning, P3 this afternoon and so close from the top guys. It’s been a really good day for us, I felt really good in the car since the first lap. I managed to push pretty hard, drove the way I want and I think we’re looking pretty good,” Gasly said.

“We focused on the short run initially on the soft tires, which looked pretty good pace-wise, then after we did a couple of laps in high fuel for the race,” he added. “And just to have a first feel with the degradation – obviously I think on Sunday the conditions are going to be quite different, but we managed to go through all the run plan we had and we’re pretty happy with the day we had,” he added.

At the same time, the Frenchman admitted that AlphaTauri should remain focused despite showing a good form at the start.

“We’ve got to stay quite calm and focused on our targets,” said Gasly. “Mercedes have a lot faster car than we have. We know they have margin… but I think we’re just focusing on ourselves and trying to understand how to improve our car, improve our pace compared to our main rivals, which I guess is Ferrari, McLaren and probably Alpine as well.”

“So far it’s been a good Friday, but I think we can find a bit more tomorrow in quali.”

Pierre Gasly finished 5th and 3rd in the opening free practices of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

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