Gasly: AlphaTauri deserved zero points in Sochi

Jamie Woodhouse
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, looking unimpressed. Russia, September 2021.

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, looking unimpressed prior to the Russian Grand Prix. September 2021.

Pierre Gasly says AlphaTauri did not deserve points at the Russian Grand Prix after failing to capitalise on their pace again.

It was a solid opening stint for the Frenchman as he kept the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas behind, and though they did swap places after the pit stops, Gasly was lining the Finn up as the race reached its latter stages.

The rain then changed all that though, with Gasly staying out at first, a move which proved his undoing as he crossed the line P13, making it back-to-back races without a point.

“I think overall we did a very good first stint, keeping [Valtteri] Bottas behind for 30 laps,” Gasly told reporters after the race.

“And then Carlos [Sainz] when he joined after that, and on the second stint we were right behind Bottas before the rain came, and they pitted and we decided to stay out.

“Unfortunately he finished P5 and we finished P13, so we lost quite a lot there and we will revise what we could have done better.

“The pace was strong in Monza, the pace was again strong here, but we didn’t capatalise on it.

“So this weekend I don’t think we deserved points because we made too many mistakes, and it’s such a difficult sport where you need to get everything to perfection, I think we didn’t deserve it because we haven’t done a job good enough this weekend, simple as that.”

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Also not helping Gasly’s cause was a collision with Lance Stroll on an increasingly wet track.

For that coming together Stroll was handed a 10-second time penalty and two points for his superlicence.

“I think he went in the wall and then came back, and then at Turn 8 clipped my rear wheel,” said Gasly as he revisited the incident.

“I haven’t seen the footage, but just turned and then suddenly he just touched me and I basically spun the car.”


It was even more of a race to forget for Yuki Tsunoda who finished P17 in the other AlphaTauri, having dropped right to the back at the start with balance issues.

These problems would plague the Japanese racer for the rest of the race.

“I went to last, I struggled with balance in the first lap, it was really even hard to stay on the track,” he confirmed.

“Positioning was also bad on my side, so I can improve a lot there, but the whole race I really struggled for the balance and there was not any pace in the whole run.”