Pierre Gasly was upset about losing a podium chance in Hungary during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Gasly qualified in fifth place for the race, and was backed to do well. Instead, Lap 1 saw Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas start a chain reaction of collisions, dropping Gasly to the back. He recovered to set the fastest lap and finish fifth after a disqualification. However, Gasly was upset about losing his podium chance.
“I don’t know what to say except that Valtteri f**ked up. (He) took the first six cars pretty much out of the race,” Gasly said.
“Luckily we didn’t get damage from it, compared to Max (Verstappen), Lando (Norris), Checo (Sergio Perez) too. You know, the target was to qualify high in the midfield, to be in the best possible position for the race, that’s what we did. And in the end we can say we almost over-performed when we qualified ahead of the Ferrari and the McLaren.
Unlucky series of events
“But, in the end, it would have been better to be in our natural position, slightly further back and benefit from this situation. But you never know when these things will happen, but it’s just a shame.
“From the first corner, we were dead last, and in such a track, it is extremely difficult to recover, so we had a really good day to still finish P6. We managed to get the fastest lap, but we should have been looking at the podium.
“It’s a bit disappointing, because we think there would have been more to do if we had been slightly luckier at the start,” the Frenchman concluded.
Gasly’s mentality is great to see, because AlphaTauri must be thrilled they got both their drivers in the top 7. It was a brilliant race from them, and especially Gasly. It was another great performance from the former Red Bull driver, and he will look to continue this form in Belgium on the 29th.