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Gasly: AlphaTauri need a “step back” to understand issues

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 30: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT03 on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 30, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Pierre Gasly believes that AlphaTauri need to look at the bigger picture in order to understand why they are struggling in 2022.

AlphaTauri are 8th in the Constructors’ Championship with 27 points scored after the first half of the season. The results left team principal Franz Tost in a “bad mood” as the Faenza-based outfit was not meeting the expectations set for this season.

Gasly thinks that the team needs to take a “step back” to understand what went wrong.

“Compared to big teams like Ferrari, Mercedes, and Red Bull, we know what they’ve built over the last 10 years,” he said.

“Facilities, people, resources, they’re more efficient. But, at the same time, I do think we have very, very good people [at AlphaTauri] and also the right tools to be competitive.

“To be honest with you, I don’t fully have the answer in why we seem to struggle more than other teams in the midfield because I don’t think that we are missing something in the core of the team.

“So that’s why I think it needs a bit of a step back [to] look at the whole situation, the bigger picture, what we are doing aero-wise, which direction we took, how we decided to use the budget cap.

“Because I know since the start of the year, we are already quite on the edge early on in the season – is that the main reason? I don’t fully know but we’ll keep pushing and, hopefully, find some more bigger development items over the next few weeks.”

Gasly remains optimistic and hopes that AlphaTauri will improve after the summer break.

“I quite like the second part of the year, [with] all these flyaways and interesting tracks coming up.

“I think on our side, it’s actually good that there is a summer break and good that we can use this time, first to switch off but [then to] really get together and try to understand everything that is happening on our package because I think we started the year closer to the top of the midfield.

“Even though we were not right there, but with better signs of performance, and others just seem to have created a bigger gap and we haven’t been able to follow that.

“We’ll work together. I know what we can achieve with the team. I know we have really good people, and now it’s about finding solutions to really put this knowledge and skills into lap time on the track.”


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