Pierre Gasly brilliantly won the Italian Grand Prix in 2020. In 2021, the Frenchman still appeared at the start of the F1 race, but noticed during the formation lap that his AlphaTauri car would not last long.
With Daniel Ricciardo’s spectacular victory at the Italian Grand Prix and the crash of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, everything that happened in the rear was almost forgotten. In 2020, the Italians of AlphaTauri won their home race, when Pierre Gasly was the first to cross the finish line after a spectacular race. A year later, the Frenchman was disappointed, who hoped to take a shot at the constructors’ championship, where AlphaTauri and Alpine are competing for fifth place.
Gasly was equipped with a new power unit and gearbox for the race, but this still caused problems, forcing the AlphaTauri driver to put his car aside after a few laps. “We did a fantastic job in qualifying,” Gasly told Fpal about his race weekend in Italy. The French driver set the sixth fastest time in qualifying on Friday evening. “We were in great shape with that result, but after the sprint qualifying it all looked a lot less.”
“Even before the start of the race, the car didn’t feel right and unfortunately we couldn’t solve the problems early and we had to give up after a few laps. That’s very disappointing because we drove our home race in Monza and we had a competitive car Unfortunately there was nothing else to do and we now have to look forward to the Russian Grand Prix,” said the disappointed Gasly, who saw himself as zero a year later, while he was still the hero at the Monza circuit in 2020 .
Because AlphaTauri teammate Yuki Tsunoda also had technical problems with his car, AlphaTauri achieved zero points. Alpine drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon did take points at the Italian GP and as a result, the French are now in fifth place in the battle for the Constructors’ Championship, 11 points ahead of AlphaTauri. For now, the battle is only between the Italians and the French, but Aston Martin will undoubtedly pull out all the stops to take fifth place and the all-important millions.