McLaren, Ferrari F1 fights offered “different kind of excitement”

McLaren, Ferrari F1 fights offered “different kind of excitement”

Gasly scored far more factors as a result of 2021 than in any of his previous

Gasly scored far more factors as a result of 2021 than in any of his previous a few comprehensive F1 seasons, ending ninth in the standings with 110 details.

While Gasly could not emulate his shock gain at Monza from 2020, the Frenchman picked up a podium complete in Azerbaijan, and was exterior of the major 10 in just 3 races where by he saw the chequered flag.

AlphaTauri narrowly lost out to Alpine in the struggle for fifth location in the constructors’ championship, finishing 13 points powering.

Gasly said that when it was “difficult” to see these a little hole separating the groups at the conclude of a lengthy period, he took heart from how AlphaTauri experienced performed throughout the marketing campaign.

“What we have obtained as a crew, when we glimpse at all the previous several years of AlphaTauri and Toro Rosso, is amazing,” Gasly said.

“So [I’m] actually very pleased of these fellas, and also hopeful for the future 12 months and what we can attain. Since they have proved this yr that they can complete at incredibly significant ranges.”

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri

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While Gasly did not feel 2021 surpassed 2020 as his ideal time in F1, saying that “nothing can conquer this profitable feeling”, the likelihood to frequently battle with midfield leaders Ferrari and McLaren had stored him enthusiastic.

“As an total season, 22 races, I need to say I enjoyed all 22,” Gasly said.

“Coming into a race weekend being aware of you might be likely to be preventing for factors, you happen to be heading to combat with Ferraris and McLarens, is just a diverse variety of excitement.

“I will have to say I’ve liked it all 12 months, and I definitely hope it is going to be the scenario [again] subsequent 12 months.”

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Alpine managed to pull very clear of AlphaTauri in the battle for fifth late in the 12 months, boosted by Fernando Alonso’s podium finish and Esteban Ocon’s operate to fifth in Qatar. Ocon also scored a shock acquire for the workforce in Hungary, assisting it get P5.

Gasly joked that it was “a disgrace we do not take off the very best and the worst end result of the year”, but praised Alpine for executing “a great job”.

“I do feel we did quite properly and we could have finished fifth, but that did not materialize,” Gasly said.

“I’m nonetheless quite very pleased of what we have attained and what I’ve accomplished. You know, 110 details, it would not materialize very generally with Alpha Tauri. I have loved this time a good deal.

“I know upcoming 12 months could be extremely different. It could be very same, could be better, could be even worse. But at the stop of the working day, I’m just joyful to have seen the group executing in that way, for the reason that it gives hope for subsequent yr.”