Pierre Gasly is hoping he can deal with the increased media activity alongside his race weekend preparations at what will be his home Grand Prix in France.
The combination of that and the fact there is still a real buzz following his wonderful podium finish at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix means Gasly is in for a very busy weekend at the Paul Ricard circuit and it is something that is weighing on his mind.
“It will be the first time I will race in front of a home crowd as a Grand Prix winner, after my victory in Monza last year,” Gasly said.
“It’s going to make it very special so I’m feeling a bit impatient to experience that.
“And the podium in Baku has caught people’s attention, so I have had plenty of media interest to deal with.
“I don’t want to burn out before the weekend begins so we are trying to manage it as well as possible.”
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Gasly does not have the best of memories at the Paul Ricard circuit, but the same could be said for Baku before he finished on the podium alongside race winner Sergio Perez and second-placed Sebastian Vettel.
The Frenchman, who has been labelled one of the “absolute top drivers” on the grid by AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost, is hoping for a repeat pattern this weekend.
“It’s come at just the right time, as we now have my home race at Paul Ricard,” Gasly added.
“Everyone in France is getting very excited. There is a lot of enthusiasm and strong expectations for the rest of the season.
“The performance level we have demonstrated definitely makes us keen to see what we can produce in the coming races.
“We will tackle this weekend with the same approach as before.
“To be honest, I’ve not done anything special at Paul Ricard in the past. In my first F1 race here I collided with Ocon and had to retire on the opening lap and in 2019 it wasn’t a fantastic weekend and I ended up tenth.
“Actually, Baku was another track that had never gone well for me until this year and so I’m hoping we can follow the trend and change that this weekend also.”