Ahead of a supposed 23-race season, Pierre Gasly has said that he has never before had to train for such a busy schedule.
If all goes to plan and no races are cancelled, or those that are called off are replaced, the 2021 campaign will be the longest in the history of Formula 1, containing a total of 23 rounds.
That is, of course, a big if given that the global pandemic is still present and has already caused two races, those in Australia and China, to be postponed.
Regardless, Gasly is training under the assumption that there will be 23 races and therefore little time to do so during the season and has never had to do so before.
“During the season, you try to maintain as much physical shape you can,” he said as per GPFans.
“You can’t train. Training is not as intense as in the off-season so a lot of focus will be on that with 23-races, I have never done this in my life and it is not going to be an easy one.
“Afterwards, just be aware consistently of how the development is going, try to lead the team. Simulators, developments on the aero side, mechanically, like trying to review with the guys with what went well, what didn’t work and trying to have a better picture of what we really need to be competitive all year long.”
2020 was the Frenchman’s best season yet in F1 as he claimed his first victory in Monza, scored 75 points and was widely considered to be one of the drivers of the year.
Nevertheless, with AlphaTauri only finishing P7 in the Constructors’ Championship and failing to get involved in the midfield fight for P3, he sees lots of room for improvement.
Specifically, he feels that the team needs to work on reliability and consistency.
“At the end of the day, if you look at the championship, it is pretty simple. The classification is based on who has the least DNFs,” he added.
“We missed a couple of occasions to score points which cost us but sometimes we didn’t have the pace and this is how it is.
“We need to be very consistent and try to put ourselves always in the top 10 to fight for an even better position in the championship.”