Gasly has no explanation for AlphaTauri’s competitiveness in Baku

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 05: Pierre Gasly of Scuderia AlphaTauri and France during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 05, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202106050254 // Usage for editorial use only //

Pierre Gasly admitted that he does not know how AlphaTauri is that competitive around the circuit of Baku after a great result in qualifying.

The Frenchman qualified in P4 only behind Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, and Max Verstappen. AlphaTauri’s pace looked good throughout the whole weekend, and Pierre also went first fastest in FP3.

“Honestly. It’s incredible today,” Gasly said when asked by Motorsport.com why AlphaTauri is performing so strongly.

“I mean, P1 in P3, we didn’t understand where it came from. I just pushed and all the weekend I just did my thing, and just clicked to the car.

“It seems to be working well on this track, and the same in qualifying. At the end of the day, I think we were fighting for the pole with the Mercedes, the Ferrari, and the Red Bull, and up to sector two, I think we were still in the fight for pole and losing a bit in the last straight, as Charles had a tow.

“To be in a position to fight for such a thing is not something that we’ve seen often in this team. And it shows the good momentum and the good work that we’re all doing.”

His pace was surprising since AlphaTauri was not the fastest car in low-speed corners, except for Monaco, where he finished in P6.

“I think if the team knew, and I knew [the reason for the upswing], then you will see us in that position every weekend,” Gasly added.

“At the moment I don’t have the answer. The only thing I can point out is Monaco has been our strongest weekend, a street track, quite low-speed corners, and the set-up is quite different.

“We’re coming here Baku, a street track, quite bumpy, very low speed [corners], so set-up is again quite different than usual.

“There must be something we need to analyze and understand because at the start of the year low speed was not our strength.
“Here we don’t have any medium or high-speed corners, so we don’t need to focus in these areas, and the car seems to work.

“At the moment I have no answer, but some work for us to be done and to understand that.”

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