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Gasly sets sights on podium after 'best weekend of the year'

  • Published on 14 Jul 2019 17:51
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Pierre Gasly says that his next target is the podium after enjoying "by far the best weekend of the year" at Silverstone.

Gasly crossed the line in fourth place, taking his best result of the season after a number of races where he has struggled to keep up with his rivals.

However, he was engaged in a battle with the Ferraris during the race and benefitted from the crash between his teammate Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to take fourth. 

"It was by far the best weekend of the year so we can be pleased," Gasly said. "There were quite a lot of things going on after Austria, meetings with the team, checking how we could improve the whole thing.

"We made a lot of changes and I'm pleased from the first session we could see the good step forward. A strong Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I just enjoyed the whole weekend. More so, we can be pleased with the step we made.

"There are so many things that made it possible. And as I said it wasn't one big thing, it was many little things to sort out. Still not perfect, but we did a massive step forward on every area.

"We still need to find that extra final step to make it to the podium but the whole weekend was strong."

Gasly not sure Norris contact impacted performance

Gasly made contact with the McLaren of Lando Norris at the start of the race, which Gasly says resulted in a few scratches to the floor, but nothing extraordinary. 

"I checked at the end of the race and the floor was a bit scratched. I thought it could have been worse, I let the team know.

"There were only a few scratches, I don't know if it affected the performance. Overall, we were pretty fast so I'm not sure it had a massive impact."

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  • Not really seeing that happening unless it's a freak race. The only reason he was ahead of Max here was due to the Vettel incident.

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    • Jul 14 2019 - 18:07
    • He was pretty close throughout the race. I think if he continues to improve, it could happen

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      • Jul 14 2019 - 18:09
  • Well, he improved. He made a pass without a pitlane involved ;)

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    • Jul 14 2019 - 19:51
  • JuJuHound

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    I would say it was an ordinary race by RBR driver, but since Gasly driving below RBR skills we call this race as a great one.
    BTW is it true Gasly was using Max's car set up what helped him to be able to compete with the top cars?

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    • Jul 15 2019 - 09:10
    • The official statement from RBR last week was that they dismantled GAS's car and found nothing wrong to account for the lack of pace so they will give him the same setup as VER for all future races.

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      • Jul 15 2019 - 16:19
  • Instead of worrying about podiums he should focus on beating VER and the podiums will come by themselves.

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    • Jul 15 2019 - 16:20

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