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Gasly expecting emotional return to Bahrain

  • Published on 24 Mar 2019 16:23
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Pierre Gasly is looking forward to the Bahrain Grand Prix next weekend as he aims to put a difficult weekend in Melbourne behind him.

Gasly failed to pick up points on his Red Bull debut in Australia, as the team was caught out in qualifying by a rapidly improving track, resulting in a shock Q1 dropout for the Frenchman.

The 23-year-old eventually crossed the finish line in the race in 11th place, behind Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat.

After a tough showing, Gasly is hoping that he can be more fortunate next time around in Bahrain, the scene of his best career result as he grabbed the fourth place finish 12 months ago.

“Bahrain is one of my favourite races," Gasly revealed. "I achieved my best result in Formula 1 there last year with fourth place, so for me Bahrain brings back a lot of emotion and it has a real positive energy.

"Not only that, but I also had my best qualifying there with sixth, and I started the race from fifth so I have good memories.

"Naturally, you relate places with the emotions you’ve experienced there so Bahrain sits top of my list as one of the best.

"I’m really looking forward to going back, this time with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, and especially after a tricky weekend in Melbourne last time out."

Gasly added that his teammate Max Verstappen's impressive podium result in Melbourne encourages him that Red Bull can compete closer to Mercedes and Ferrari

"We’ve seen our car is competitive and I like the track in Bahrain so I can’t wait to jump back in the car and get to work.”

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  • How about skipping this week too? At this rate Im seriously worried about the summer motorsport break. I'll probably have to rewatch older races or something, otherwise the abstinence might drag on to the extent that I'll have to feed myself with petrol through an IV-drip.

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    • Mar 24 2019 - 18:23
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,168

      This year has the makings of it being an breakout year for one or more drivers. Bottas could sustain being in Viking mode all year, Verstappen could make an serious challenge for the WC. I found Leclerc a bit underwhelming but that could be the issues with the car on that track.

      Looking forward to Bahrain, could it be VER that finally gets his P1 in quali?

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      • Mar 25 2019 - 10:29
    • I don't necessarily find that likely, but who knows? Personally, I think Singapore and Monaco are more likely venues for that.

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      • Mar 26 2019 - 08:41
  • If the difference to Max is going to be more than 4 places, he is going to be noticed for all the wrong reasons.

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    • Mar 25 2019 - 03:16
  • Vet5

    Posts: 225

    Yeah i think it will be emotional in a bad way for him, I truly believe if he doesn't up his performance come the next few races he will be replaced. For VER to overtake VET and for GAS to struggle with most of his overtakes, says something!

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    • Mar 25 2019 - 13:00

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