Pierre Gasly says that he felt sorry for Lewis Hamilton in Monaco, with the Mercedes man spending the race stuck behind him.
The AlphaTauri driver continued his strong start to the season last time out in Monte Carlo, qualifying in P6 and finishing the race there to score some big points for his team.
Hamilton started just behind him after a disappointing qualifying session and was unable to find a way past given how difficult it is to overtake at the circuit. He couldn’t get ahead in the pits either, with his team pitting him too early, much to his annoyance.
The Frenchman says such a strategy surprised him, and that he felt some sympathy for his rival.
“Lewis was in the mirror for…I felt sorry for him,” he told reporters in Baku.
“He was just stuck behind for 78 laps. But, you know, there was basically no opportunity. And I was surprised when I saw them boxing before us, it was not the right thing to do.
“But yeah, in the end, it’s better for us, we managed to score some more points and I think was a strong, really strong result for the team.”
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The result in Monaco put Gasly onto 16 points for the season, which is enough for him to occupy P9 in the Driver’s Championship.
The next round is in Baku, and last time the team raced there, the car had enough pace for Daniil Kvyat to qualify in P6.
Gasly takes some encouragement from this, but is trying not to get his hopes up too much.
“It’s been a good track for the team,” he added.
“Daniil was very fast last time out here. We’ll see it’s a straight track, it’s again, very particular, quite unique, the way you set up the car. There are a couple of changes, especially with the castle part without the kerb there. so it’s going to be slightly different.
“But I’ve learned to not have any expectations in f1. Because sometimes you think you’re going to be fast and then it ends up being a challenging weekend, sometimes you think it’s gonna be a hard one and then it’s really good.
“So yeah, we’ll just get on track and see how it works.”