Gasly Rebounds to Remain Within Striking Distance
After posting a 14th place finish in the feature race, there were a lot of questions surrounding Pierre Gasly. However, he was able to rebound in the Sprint race, posting a third place finish to keep himself within striking distance for the championship.
Starting 11th on the grid, Gasly made a mistake on the restart resulting in falling back a couple more positions but was able to carve his way through the field en route to his eighth podium finish of 2016.
“It was a really good race,” he said. “I’m happy about today because starting from P11 I think it’s a strong result and it was not easy to achieve. I had another problem at the start, and I dropped to P13 at Turn 1, so we need to analyze all the data and work on this. But I had a good race with nice overtaking maneuvers and great battles so in the end I really enjoyed it. We were really fast. And we scored good points in the standings.”
For Gasly, the run was crucial for the points standings. With teammate Antonio Giovanazzi winning the feature race on Saturday versus Gasly’s run, he was able to gain 25 points on his PREMA Racing teammate. However, with Giovanazzi finishing fourth in the Sprint race, Gasly earned four of those valuable points back.
“There is not any clear explanation about what happened yesterday (in the feature race),” Gasly said. “We didn’t have any grip; that’s what we saw on the data. I had issues with the brakes. In the end, today we got our pace back, and we showed once again what we are capable of.”
Now heading into the season finale at Abu Dhabi, Gasly is second in points, seven points behind Giovanazzi for the points lead. Gasly has experience on the 5.554 km long course, winning the pole followed by a fifth place finish in the feature event, while Giovanazzi has yet to run a P2 event there.
Despite the additional pressure for a good run, Gasly plans to treat the finale the same as any other weekend.
“This weekend I was fastest in Free Practice, I got the pole, and I came back in the Sprint Race. So we know the pace is good,” Gasly said. “We just need to do the same in Abu Dhabi and avoid what happened yesterday in Saturday’s Feature Race there. I’m sure it will be a good last round. Last year, I had a good qualifying result, so hopefully, it will be the same this year. I’m not going to give up until the last lap of the Sprint Race. We lost too many points stupidly on Saturday so we will try to do everything to score points in Abu Dhabi.”
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