AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly believes that 2021 was his best season despite not winning a race like he did last year.
Gasly had a great season in 2021. Although he was firmly part of a midfield team, his exploits saw him overachieve on a regular basis and take the fight to the big guns. A podium in Azerbaijan, a fastest lap and 110 points were in his bag by the end of it.
Indeed, he placed P9 in the Drivers’ Championship, but was easily one of the best midfield performers. Even though he didn’t win a race like he did in 2020, this season showed his evolution and growth.
Gasly revealed that he believes 2021 was his best season, and proceeded to explain why he thought that was the case.
Speaking in an the interview with F1’s official website, the Frenchman said, “Obviously with Yuki (Tsunoda, AlphaTauri teammate) coming as a rookie, I had a bit more responsibility in the direction we take, and I feel I’ve learned a lot technically from being more involved.
“I think our car generally is stronger in qualifying more than the race, and in terms of set-up and potential to extract the maximum from the weekend, I think I’ve made a step forward on that side.”
“And yes, you get more experience and I think this year was my most consistent in Formula 1 in terms of (how) you always make mistakes, but trying to reduce them and maximising all the opportunities you have – this year I feel I’ve made a step on that side, yes,” the 2020 Italian GP winner explained.
“For me, the key point this year was carrying one, or another, year with the same team, which was the first time it happened to me in Formula 1.
“We have a much better understanding of what we need from each other with the same group of engineers and also, I think a bit more impact in what I need from the car.”