As the Formula One paddock has just arrived in Zandvoort after a surprising Belgian journey, Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly admitted not expecting much overtaking on the very narrow Dutch track.
Gasly did not weigh his words after spending some simulator hours on the Zandvoort circuit, mentioning a “replay of Monaco” regarding the notably sinuous aspect of the track and its very short straight lines.
The Frenchman already envisions another exceptionally important qualifying after all the driver’s vision of the session was probably changed following the crazy Belgian Grand Prix. This could represent another good opportunity for his Italian team to score good points after showing on multiple occasions their ability to outperform on Saturday.
“It’s going to be an interesting weekend, a replay of Monaco in some respects, as the straights are very short and the track itself is very narrow, so overtaking will be particularly complicated,” Gasly said.
“That means qualifying will be especially important and, as we seem to perform quite well in that respect, it could turn out to be a good thing for us.”
The Rouen native could already taste the Dutch asphalt earlier in his career when he was driving in Formula Renault 2.0. However, Gasly is envisioning anything but a similar experience on the totally revised circuit.
“The track layout has changed a lot since then and I’ve experienced it on the simulator. I think the whole weekend should be an amazing experience, being the first Dutch Grand Prix since Max has been in Formula 1.
“Another factor is that being by the sea, we can expect to find a dusty track surface on Friday, with sand blowing onto the asphalt, so conditions will evolve over the weekend.”