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Gasly “pleased” with Turkish GP performance despite penalty

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 10: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT02 Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on October 10, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Pierre Gasly is satisfied with his result at last Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix.

Why it matters: The Frenchman finished 6th at Istanbul, though his race was affected by a time penalty for causing a collision with Fernando Alonso on the opening lap.


  • Gasly believes that he did not have much space in turn 1 at the start.
  • The AlphaTauri driver is happy to have overcome the challenges and come back to the top 10.

What he had to say:

  • “We were three-wide and obviously it’s always very tricky in these sorts of situations. I haven’t really seen the footage yet, but there was a contact. I tried to go pretty much where I could, but with Sergio [Perez]on the inside and [Fernando] on the outside, it was pretty tight coming into turn 1.”
  • “I’m really pleased with our performance. To be back in the top six is fantastic, and also only 10 seconds from the podium, considering we had the five-second time penalty. So we were clearly in the mix today, finishing a couple of seconds behind Lewis and not far from Charles as well. So happy with that.”
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