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Gasly believes wet tire strategy “screwed” Sunday’s race

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

Pierre Gasly confirms that starting the Emilia Romagna GP on full wet tires has affected his race.

A torrential rain started to pour around Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola less than an hour before the start of the Emilia Romagna GP, which forced the teams to gamble with starting set of tires. Only 4 drivers started the race with the blue-marked wet tires, including AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.

However, the plan was not successful as rain did not intensify, the track started to get dry, and the Frenchman began losing all the positions, because the tires wore out. After the race, Gasly reflected on the straregy, stating that it had not been the best decision.

“I need to have a look at the whole race,” he said on Sunday. “Obviously a lot of things happened and from the start, it was difficult for us. At some point, I guess we were screwed, as we were waiting for the track to be drier,” Gasly said.

“Yeah, it clearly didn’t work out for us at the start but then after the restart, we had a couple of battles and managed to save a couple of points. We need to have a look, exactly, at what could have been better but for sure, it wasn’t a great Sunday for us,” he added.

Despite the bad strategy, the Frenchman went on to finish in the top 10. Gasly though admitted it had not been an easy task to do.

“Honestly, [it was] very very difficult. We decided to start with the wets, and I was in favor, the team was in favor, we thought we would try it; in the end, it turned out we were the only ones out there and there was just no grip at all, really,” Gasly commented.

“At some point we were last in the race. Starting P5, it was clearly not what we expected and we wanted. And then after the restart I think I was P14, I tried to come back and use more of the pace of the car on the dry and we managed to save a couple of points and finish P8 [P7 after Lance Stroll’s penalty] , but yes, for sure, it wasn’t a great afternoon for us,” he said in the conclusion.

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