Gasly’s Imola DNF ‘painful’ to think about

Jamie Woodhouse

Pierre Gasly says Imola DNF his most painful yet.

Pierre Gasly is keen to put his DNF at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix behind him, but said it was his most “painful” yet.

The AlphaTauri driver qualified a sensational P4 at Imola, but running P5 in the early stages he was told to return to the pits and immediately retire the car.

Not only was that a bitter blow for Gasly in his fight for P4 in the Drivers’ Championship, but emotionally it was also his most “painful” DNF of his career so far.

“It’s a painful thing to think about,” he told reporters ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix.

“I must say, it was probably the most painful DNF I’ve had so far.

“Obviously, these things happen in motorsport, whether it happens from the top 10 or when you’re out of the points, it’s always painful, but you get over it. When it happens for a top five and a potential third place on the podium it obviously takes a bit longer to to heal.

“I was looking forward to the fight with Daniel. I think it could have been a nice one, especially with the pace we showed all weekend.

“Unfortunately I think we had enough luck in Italy for this year and it didn’t really work out in Imola. But I also think it was a really, really positive weekend for us.”

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Gasly’s team-mate Daniil Kvyat went on to finish the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in P4, so Gasly is pleased to see the progress that AlphaTauri are making with at least one driver scoring points since the British Grand Prix.

“It has been really impressive I must say in the last two races,” he said.

“I think the upgrades, the evolution of the car worked and pushed us in the right direction.

“I think the format of the last few races like Portimao and Imola, new tracks with no references from the past, it puts a bigger challenge for the team to set up the car in the best way possible.

“The team has done a very strong job on that side, to give us a car that was always competitive straight out of the box, and I hope we can continue this trend with four more races, four more Sundays full of opportunities and obviously the battle with Ferrari gets tougher and tougher race after race.

“But if we get another good opportunity like the last race in Imola we could catch them, and we’ll keep pushing even though it’s difficult until the end of the year.”

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