Pierre Gasly has hailed his first ever F1 qualifying as a special moment, as he qualified his Toro Rosso in 15th place on the grid. The Frenchman especially shone in Q1, putting his car in an impressive eighth position in that session, and ahead of his more experienced teammate Carlos Sainz.
Gasly was brought in this season to replace the underperforming Daniil Kvyat, however this is understood to only be an initial two race run in the car, however many expect him this deal to be extended until the end of the season and into next year. Gasly has impressed in the junior categories of F1 in recent years, winning the GP2 championship last year, and was impressing in the Japanese Super Formula until he was drafted into Toro Rosso for this race.
Gasly said this on his first ever F1 qualifying session: "I tried to give my best and I think we made really good progress between FP3 and qualifying I felt comfortable in the car in Q1. In Q2, I kept on learning while giving my all, I'd say we can be satisfied with the result!
"I now look forward to tomorrow, my first Formula 1 race and something I've been dreaming of since I was very young. I expect it to be a really good experience and I hope to keep improving tomorrow as well.You never know what can happen with the weather here, If the rain and tricky conditions do appear, I will welcome it.I felt confident in the wet in FP1 on Friday and I'm sure it will make it all even more exciting!"
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing