Fourth in EL2, Gasly “found his smile again” at the wheel of theAlpine

Never one Alpine had finished so high at the end of an official session this season: Pierre Gasly, author of the fourth fastest time in EL2 in Barcelona, ​​was “positively surprised” by his mount on Friday and hopes to continue this momentum for the rest of the weekend. end.

Published on 22/06/2024 à 09:13

Dorian Grangier

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Fourth in EL2, Gasly “found his smile again” at the wheel of theAlpine

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During Free Practice 2 of the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday, in addition to the very small gaps between the drivers, it was the variety of manufacturers at the top of the table which pleasantly surprised. Five teams ranked in the Top 5: Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and… Alpine ! The A arrowed perhaps had his best session since the start of the season, thanks to the 4th fastest time Pierre Gasly and in the 9th beat ofEsteban Ocon in Barcelona.

The first city only failed by two tenths of the benchmark set by Lewis Hamilton, Friday afternoon. “I have to say it was a very, very good Free Practice 2, declared the Norman at the end of the first day of driving. It's a bit of a surprise. We didn't expect to have such a good pace. This is a good thing. »

gasly “still not very comfortable” with theAlpine

An unusual ranking for a Alpine this season, more familiar with the back of the grid than at the front, but a ranking which gives hope to Pierre Gasly this Spanish weekend. “This morning we had some problems with my car regarding aerodynamics. We managed to repair them for FP2 and from the start I felt good. I completed my tour, I was happy and positively surprised, confided the Frenchman. I smiled again when I saw where we were. I think in terms of feeling there are still things that I'm not very comfortable with in the car and that I would like to improve for tomorrow. But we have a good working base. »

It now remains to confirm this good state of form this Saturday in qualifying and this Sunday for the Spanish Grand Prix. On a demanding track for the tires, long stints will be the key to performance. “I haven't seen how it compares to the others yet. It was hot, there was deterioration and I think we are expecting similar conditions to last year, believes Pierre Gasly.I have to say it's a positive Friday. (…) We will work well to ensure that we manage to refine and continue to improve for tomorrow. »

After a first double entry in the points in Canada, Alpine will she manage to place her two cars in Q3 for the first time this season in Spain? Answer this Saturday afternoon, at 16 p.m., for the qualifications.

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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