AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly has pledged to get “the best of a package” in Formula One’s latest triple-header consisting of Mexico, Brazil and Qatar.
Gasly endured a disappointing United States Grand Prix last time in Austin, Texas, when he retired after 14 laps due to a suspension failure, while his teammate Yuki Tsunoda finished ninth.
Reflecting on the pain of his retirement in Austin, Gasly admitted that he believed AlphaTauri could have posted a double points finish if he had not suffered a suspension failure.
“It was a shame that I had to retire in Austin as we could have put both cars in the top 10 and add a couple more points to Alpine.” said Gasly, who noted that the US GP “was a strong event with both cars in Q3, clearly beating Aston Martin and Alpine throughout the weekend.”
Gasly, however, is now focused on a brutal triple header in Mexico, Brazil and Qatar, but reiterated that taking care of the body will be crucial, as he explained: “Rest, recovery and good sleep will be important because it is going to be quite complicated with everybody. different time zones “.
To help with his preparations in handling the multiple time zone changes over the next three races beginning with the Mexico City GP, Gasly returned to Europe and has practiced on the AlphaTauri simulator which he hopes will allow him to “stay in the loop. 100% for each of these races. “
The Frenchman also noted that extracting performance from his car will be key with some circuits likely favoring his package more than others, as he commented: “In terms of the car itself, it’s about getting the best out of a package that I now know very well. Well, the other important factor is that some of the next circuits will suit us better than others ”.
Gasly also admitted that he expects the high altitude to “make things more complicated” and explained the differences between the inside and outside of the cabin, adding: “You certainly feel it if you’re going to run, but when you’re in the car you don’t. realize, even though it puts more pressure on the car, the power unit, the brakes, in fact, anywhere where cooling is required. “
Meanwhile, Tsunoda described his first visit to Austin as a “good step” after scoring two points, but anticipates a “very difficult” triple header due to a mix of “long flights between them and a complicated jet lag situation.”
This triple header also marks the arrival of three new circuits for Tsunoda, who feels that the three races could be “quite difficult”, especially with the return of the Sprint Classification in Brazil, which will mean only two hours of practice for the young man from 21 years in Interlagos. , Sao Paulo next weekend.
Tsunoda, however, has vowed to stick to his race weekend schedule and focus on advancing his development over the three race weekends, though he is wary of the effects he might face in high-altitude conditions for the first time.
“With a helmet, I imagine it could be quite difficult and demanding on the neck and arms, but apparently the main effect is the heart rate.” Commented Tsunoda, who has adapted his training to focus primarily on endurance to ensure he can handle the conditions.