After a long three weeks of waiting, Formula 1 is coming back. The second race of this season is being driven for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on the legendary track in Imola. The AlphaTauri team had mixed feelings after the race in Bahrain.
Luckily for them, their debutant, the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda, won a great ninth place, while winning two points in the drivers' standings. Still, in the first race weekend, French representative Pierre Gasly was a bit disappointed, finishing the race in 17th place after colliding with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo after the start of the race he started in a brilliant fifth place.
"Apart from the accident with Daniel, the weekend in Bahrain went well, with a lot of positive results. We were among the best in all free practice while winning the fifth place is one of the best results ever ", Gasly was positive.
“After all, in terms of performance and speed, it seems very encouraging to us for the rest of the season, starting with Imola this weekend. " "From everything we have seen in Bahrain, it seems to me that I have a package that will allow us to fight for a large number of points and there is no reason why this should not be the case in the upcoming races ", concludes the French driver with number 10 on the car.
“One of the examples of team confidence was the decision to drive on the medium tire component in the second qualifying round, which apart from us, only Mercedes and Max Verstappen did." "It was a risk, but it showed faith in our car and our level of performance.
I hope that we will now have the opportunity to do that in the next races as well. ” The young French driver admits that during the break and the Easter holidays he did not prepare much for the next race in Imola, given the current situation with the pandemic.
“With all the restrictions in place and the need for caution, I haven’t done much since the last race. I spent a few days behind the simulator during the Easter weekend, I spent some time with my family while respecting all the precautions "- said the honest driver of AlphaTauri.
At the track officially named Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, the Frenchman has a new opportunity to show his driving qualities. The motive is certainly more the fact that the AlphaTauri team will drive on the home track, given that the city of Imola is approximately 20 minutes drive from the city of Faenza.