Gasly happy with result, Kvyat not so much…

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Pierre Gasly says he’s happy with the outcome of the first race of the 2020 season. The same can’t be said Daniil Kvyat

It turned out to be an excellent race for Gasly. After qualifying in P12, the Frenchman managed to avoid the carnage that followed on race day to finish well inside the points in P7.

With McLaren and Racing Point looking as strong as Ferrari and fighting at the front, it made him the highest finishing driver in the midfield.

“I think if someone offered us P7 on Sunday, we’d have signed straight away at the beginning of the weekend,” he said in the paddock after the race.

“We knew it would be quite challenging against the Renault, the McLaren and the Force India [Racing Point], but we managed to stay out of trouble, there was some good fighting and, yeah, we managed to get a couple of points.

“We were close to retiring the car. The team asked me to box on Lap 10 because my brake pedal was completely flat and the temperature was through the roof. I asked for one more lap, stayed out, things got better and in the end, we finished P7.”

Unfortunately, things weren’t all perfect for AlphaTauri, as Kvyat failed to score points or even finish.

The Russian was looking good for a top 10 finish with just nine laps to go, sat in the final points-scoring position.

However, a collision with Esteban Ocon shortly afterwards left him with a broken front wing and suspension, and a punctured tyre. He was therefore forced to retire.

“It was a disappointing day,” he said.

“It’s not great from Ocon’s side, to push off people like this, to be honest, but I could have been more patient as well, so yeah, a bit of a disappointing race.

“Until then it was panning out very well, so it’s a shame. I, unfortunately, cost myself a lot of points today so it’s a shame.”


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