Gasly applauds new rules as ‘two more teams’ join midfield

Michelle Foster
Pierre Gasly seen during interviews in the paddock. Australia April 2022

Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri seen during interviews in the paddock. Australia April 2022

Pierre Gasly believes Formula 1’s brand new technical regulations have “succeeded” in their goal of closer racing as “overtaking is easier than before”.

The 2022 Formula 1 World Champion marked the start of a new era for the sport, Formula 1 embracing a new design philosophy that uses ground effect aerodynamics to create downforce.

The change was aimed a producing closer racing by building cars that give off a clear wake and are therefore easier to follow.

It has not only seen two thrilling fights for the race wins between Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and reigning World Champion Max Verstappen, but the midfield battles have also been given a welcome boost.

“The battle between the teams is very intense already this year with two more teams than last year now seeming able to fight in the midfield,” the AlphaTauri driver said as per GPFans.

“After two races we can already say that the new regulations have succeeded in making overtaking easier than before.

“It’s a very good thing that you can generally follow another car more closely and we saw the result of that with nice battles through the field, I think that’s a trend that will continue throughout the season.”

This year’s championship has seen Alfa Romeo and Haas, both backmarkers last season, join the fight for top-ten finishes.

As for the switch to 18-inch tyres, Gasly believes they behave very much the same as as the old 13-inches.

“As for the tyres, the bigger ones do not seem to have changed much compared to the old ones, from what we can see so far,” he said.

“It’s a bit complicated to understand, because in Bahrain there were a lot more pit stops than we expected, while in Saudi it was just a one-stopper.


“So, I think it’s a bit too early to get a clear picture of tyre behaviour.”

Gasly has scored four points in this year’s Drivers’ Championship, P8 at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after recording a DNF in Bahrain.


Gasly approves of new F1 rules

The new rules and regulations has brought more teams into the midfield battle, something that Pierre Gasly is a big fan of.