Pierre Gasly managed to score points for AlphaTauri at the Austrian GP finishing in P9, but he believes that the result could have been better with a different strategy.
To enter in Q3, Gasly used the soft tires, and he had to start the Grand Prix with that compound. Due to the high degradation, the Frenchman had to pit twice during the race, and that made him lose some positions.
“We thought we will probably benefit a bit more from this two-stop, and it turned out that it was not ideal,” Gasly conceded.
“Looking at the Aston Martin on the same strategy, looking at Yuki [Tsunoda] and myself, we seemed to struggle a bit more. But we still came close to the Ferraris, which had a very good race pace last weekend.”
“I think it’s still a good day but came close to Charles. I would have liked to try something, but unfortunately, I missed a lap.”
The team knew that it did not have the pace to qualify for Q3 with the mediums, therefore it decided to sacrifice the race.
“We had to commit Friday night. We didn’t feel like we had the pace to do it [on medium]. In terms of strategy, we need to look at the numbers and see our approach to the weekend.
“But McLaren made it work, Daniel [Ricciardo] starting from P13, managed to come back quite well with the one-stop. So there were some positives clearly to do the one-stop, but we’ll have to revise it.”
Gasly also said that he tried to save tires in the first stint and pit as late as possible.
“After five laps I was already really struggling with the rear. I tried to extend [but it] wasn’t the tire to race on, so that’s why we switched quite early on on the hard tire.
“You come through traffic so you lose a bit of lap time here and there. But at the end, the last stint was really strong coming back on the Ferraris and the McLarens so at least it was a positive.”