June 17, 2021, Le Castellet, Roma, France: GASLY Pierre (fra), Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AT02, portrait during the Formula 1 Emirates Grand Prix de France 2021, 7th round of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship from June 18 to 20, 2021 on the Circuit Paul Ricard, in Le Castellet, France - Photo Antonin Vincent / DPPI / LiveMedia (Credit Image: © Dppi/LPS via ZUMA Press)

Pierre Gasly was frustrated with AlphaTauri’s Russian GP strategy, saying they handle things very strangely.

AlphaTauri is having an exceptional season, but form is something that is not on their side. The team has now failed to score points for the second race in a row.

This was made worse by the fact that their rivals Alpine managed to do so at the Russian GP. The battle for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship is still on, and Alpine are creeping up on Red Bull’s sister brand.

Gasly was frustrated with AlphaTauri’s Russian GP strategy, and said that the team was disappointing from qualifying to the end of the race.

“It’s questionable how we handle things, because I know we have a smart group of people in this team,” Gasly said, as quoted by GP Blog.

Gasly not happy with AlphaTauri: 'Questionable how we handle things'
Gasly (pictured) was a harsh critic of AlphaTauri’s Russian GP strategy. Source: gpblog.com

“Unfortunately this weekend, things went wrong and we let a lot of points go to waste. We can’t afford to make mistakes like this again if we want to go for fifth in the championship.”

Rained out

Gasly opined that things went from manageable to shambolic for the team the second rain poured down at Sochi. When that happened, they threw away a potential points finish.

The former Red Bull driver was particularly annoyed with how he was ahead of Valtteri Bottas before the rain came. The race ended with Gasly out of the points and Bottas in a stunning fifth position.

“We drove the whole first stint in front of Bottas, but in the second stint we ended up behind Bottas,” Gasly said.

“Then the rain came and they (Mercedes) brought him in while we kept driving. He finished fifth, we were out of the points.

“The pace was there again, but yes, we made too many mistakes and we didn’t deserve to score points this weekend,” he concluded.

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