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 revealed his reaction to Yuki Tsunoda being his teammate, saying that he had to be more focused.

Tsunoda joined AlphaTauri at the beginning of the year, joining the Frenchman at the Red Bull junior team. The two drivers couldn’t be more different, but they gelled well and have both been renewed for the new season.

Having a rookie teammate is not always the best, but it worked for the team. The 2020 Italian GP winner in particular has an exceptional season, a step-up from his previous one.

Gasly revealed his reaction to Tsunoda being his teammate, and said that it was a different experience.

“I think the balance between quali and race, you can’t adjust the car, it’s a fine line,” he said, as quoted by formula1news.co.uk.

“I think our car was generally strong in quali more than the race, and finding in terms of set-up and potential to extract the maximum, I feel I’ve made a step, you get more confident, this year was probably my most consistent year.

“You always make mistakes but you try and reduce them and maximise the opportunities you have, so I feel this year I made a step.”

Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda at Silverstone in 2021.v1
Gasly (left) with Tsunoda (right). Source: formula1news.co.uk

Understanding

“For me the key point this year was really carrying for another (full) year with a team, which was the first time it happened for me in Formula 1,” he continued.

“So we had a lot better understanding of what we need from each other with the group of engineers, and also having a bit more impact with what I need from the car.  

“Obviously with Yuki coming as a rookie, there was a bit more responsibility on the direction we take. I feel I’ve learned a lot technically, being more involved.”

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