Pierre Gasly has stated AlphaTauri “don’t want to search out a lot” earlier than they’re able to battle their rivals after a tricky begin to the season.
Three races down and Gasly and his team-mate Yuki Tsunoda have a mixed 10 factors having suffered from comparable reliability points as sister group Pink Bull.
These reliability points imply the group discover themselves in eighth with solely Williams and Aston Martin behind them. Not solely that however they have already got greater than half as many factors as Alpine and McLaren, who the AlphaTarui bosses would have been concentrating on earlier than the beginning of the season.
Gasly himself DNFed within the opening race in Bahrain however has since secured back-to-back level finishes and is assured the group shouldn’t be far off its rivals.
“We all know we nonetheless have work to do, we should deliver extra efficiency to the bundle and that’s the plan for Imola this week,” Gasly stated.
“Then, trying on the different groups [in Australia], we noticed that McLaren and Alpine have been very fast in order that with the three prime groups out in entrance, we discovered ourselves eleventh in Qualifying.
“It’s very shut within the midfield, however we don’t want to search out a lot efficiency to have the ability to enhance.”
The Frenchman’s subsequent job is navigating a circuit he has had combined fortune at, Imola. Within the group’s house race, Gasly was pressured to retire in 2020 attributable to a coolant leak however returned the following yr to complete in seventh.
On the return to Imola, Gasly stated he was “all the time pleased to drive there” and it has “a really particular ambiance.”
“It could be good if we will make a step ahead in Imola,” he stated.
“It’s a monitor I actually like, to begin with as a result of it’s very near the manufacturing unit, so everybody desires to do very well as we’ve extra assist from the group than typical, and it has a really particular ambiance.
“Aside from that, I additionally discover the monitor technically very attention-grabbing with loads of fairly distinctive corners, some very quick ones, some atypical ones.
“I’m all the time pleased to drive there, I’ve had some good Qualifying performances, significantly in 2020, after I was fourth on the grid and it could be good if we might get our greatest results of the season to date this Sunday.