AlphaTauri have suffered a difficult run of form so far in 2022, a stark difference from their 2021 performances with Pierre Gasly regularly finishing well within the points. Gasly admits the team’s lack of pace leaves them “nowhere”, as he discusses the Austrian Grand Prix, after finishing a lowly P15 ahead of teammate Yuki Tsunoda.
“The whole weekend was a disaster apart from qualifying,” said a downbeat Gasly. “We are nowhere in terms of pace. I try to do everything I can inside the car but at the moment there is nothing to do. So I think we desperately need these upgrades on the car to be able to get any decent result.”
Gasly continued to elaborate on his lack of pace during the race, and hopes that the team will have car upgrades ready for the French Grand Prix next weekend.
“Yeah, no pace. We’re nowhere, you look at Yuki [Tsunoda], you look at myself. Even with the strategy, we lost a position when we boxed but at the end of the day we just have no pace. You can do whatever you want - any strategy you want. With the speed we have at the moment we just can’t keep going like this.
“We need to reset and as I said we should have some new parts coming and hopefully they come for France and we can show some better pace there.
“It’s no surprise if you don’t add new parts, others are improving. You see at the start of the year we were fighting with the guys at the front and finishing 20 or 30 seconds behind. So we’re losing 4 - 5 tenths per lap and that’s what we need to find.”
When quizzed about his penalty for exceeding track limits multiple times during the Grand Prix, Gasly admits fault and acknowledges that the same rule is in place for all drivers. The Frenchman did note however, that he believes the previous approach to track limits at the Red Bull Ring in which the end of the exit kerbs defined the track limits was more manageable for the drivers.
Many drivers fell foul of the track limit enforcement during Sunday's Grand Prix, with three other drivers receiving penalties and 43 instances of track extensions recorded.
“[It is the] same rule for everyone, I didn’t respect it so I got penalised.” The AlphaTauri driver admitted. “[It was] my fault. I saw quite a lot of guys getting black and white flagged.
“I think it was better in the past without these track limits. Anyway you can’t go wider with the double kerb but at the end of the day that’s it. Whatever rule they said, you’ve got to respect it.”