Canadian Grand Prix | Pierre Gasly: ​​​​The pleasure of a disrupted lunch break

Coffee in hand, auburn hair blowing in the wind, Pierre Gasly met the French-speaking media in front of AlphaTauri’s headquarters on Thursday afternoon. And he was especially commendable to Montreal and its Grand Prix.

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Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
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“I have to say it’s quite overwhelming. […] I thought I could have lunch in peace yesterday at noon, but I immediately understood that it is not possible because I was asked for a photo and they had to publish it somewhere. [Les gens] came running in all directions,” he said with a grin.

“There’s a real atmosphere, a real energy. […] I like the mentality of the people, they’re really happy, they’re friendly. It’s nice to come back here. »

The last time Gasly started at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit wearing Red Bull colors was in 2019 when he finished eighth. He is now driving an AlphaTauri.

Last Sunday, the Frenchman achieved his best result of the season in fifth place in Baku. He’s aiming for one this weekend top 10.

“Afterwards we know that it will be very tight in the middle of the field,” he said. From weekend to weekend you see cars that are ahead, such as the Alfa Romeos. [Valtteri] Bottas can do a super easy fifth and face more troubles the weekend after that. McLaren is the same. You fought for a podium at Imola, then it was more complicated at other tracks, like Baku. »

After last Sunday’s race, the pilot spoke a lot about the physical pain caused by porpoises. This aerodynamic phenomenon appeared in the new single-seaters, causing the cars to vibrate and bounce on the track. This is the topic of the hour in Formula 1 and causes headaches for the engineers of several teams who are struggling to find solutions. Several pilots suffer from it.

I do a lot more physio sessions, therapy, osteo. In Baku it was twice a day. Coming home from racing on Monday, the first thing I did in the morning was see an osteotomy to put myself back in position a bit. The same today, and it’s scheduled for tomorrow. There is much more action and excitement. I feel it. I’m much more tense at the back.

Pierre Gasly, on porpoises

The track in Montreal contains many curbs. When asked if he would try to avoid them due to porpoises, the Frenchman stated that they should be used instead, but “to see how.” [la voiture] react to it because it will certainly not be as easy as it used to be”.

“We know that if you go softer you immediately lose aerodynamics. So we have to find the balance between putting the car on the curbs, even if it means losing some aerodynamics, or… There are always compromises that have to be found. But of course it won’t be an easy track with these cars. »

What future?

Since being relegated from Red Bull to AlphaTauri in 2019, Pierre Gasly has been open about his desire to one day return to the top team. His plans changed against his will a few weeks ago when Sergio Pérez extended his contract with Red Bull until 2024.

In the weeks leading up to Pérez’s contract announcement, Gasly suffered a slump having failed to score in the previous four races. But now he managed a fifth place in Baku. Does he owe this result to extra motivation to prove he deserved a place at Red Bull?

“No, he answers tit for tat. Honestly, I don’t need that to motivate myself in the morning. I have a personal goal every day. I know what I want to do and where I want to be. i do it for me »

“After that, of course, the fact that he re-signed has implications for me, my career choices and my future. In addition, these are things that we take into account. After that there are no surprises and we’ll see what happens to me in the future. »

For the time being, he has “nothing more to say” about this future.

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