Pierre Gasly did not hide his excitement regarding what he has achieved with Alpha Tauri so far in 2021. The Frenchman thinks it is his best-ever start to a season.
Gasly has impressed so far in 2021, looking in better shape than ever before. The Rouen native was able to score points in eight of the eleven races so far this season and opened himself the doors of Q3 nine times. The consistency and the pace of the Frenchman have allowed him to assert himself as the uncontested leader of Alpha Tauri, a team he wants to see finish the season in fifth place in the constructors’ championship.
“I think it’s probably the best start of the season I’ve ever had in Formula 1,” Gasly said.
“We’re fighting for the fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship, which is something which has never happened for the team, so it just shows we are having a good year, and it’s one of my personal targets to bring the fifth position to these guys and this will be a first.
“We obviously managed to secure one podium in Baku already this year, which was the highlight of these first races. I think we’ve had great Saturdays, great qualifying, putting the car in Q3 for most of the races, and this was a great achievement.
Although some magnificent results like his podium in Baku have forgiven it, Gasly pointed out the difficult races the team had at the beginning of the season especially. Nevertheless, some improvements are to be noted as the Frenchman now feels confident at the approach of Sundays and feels ready to fight for an ambitious P5 in the constructors’ standings.
“I think on Sundays, [we have] started not as great, and I think we’ve made progress and managed to fight some pretty fast cars, sometimes the McLarens, sometimes the Ferraris.
“We can see our battle in the championship shaping up race after race with Aston and Alpine.
“So it’s a pretty exciting season so far for us.”