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Gasly: STR14 feels more like 'my car'

  • Published on 28 Sep 2019 12:55
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly has said he now feels a lot more comfortable with the team's STR14, after having a few weekends to adjust to the car, allowing himself and the team to have some positive running during Friday's practice sessions at the Sochi Autodrom.

This weekend's Grand Prix in Russia marks the third race for Gasly since his return to the Toro Rosso team, after he was switched at senior team Red Bull for rookie Alex Albon prior to the Belgian Grand Prix last month.

Gasly said that he felt a bit strange returning to the team and getting to grips with their 2019 challenger, but now feels more at home working with the engineers to achieve the maximum from the car.

"I think it does feel a bit more like my car now," Gasly commented on the STR14. "I know a bit more now what to expect after a couple more races. Compared to Spa and Monza which felt a bit more odd at the beginning, I think it's becoming more of my car.

"Every weekend the engineers are understanding a bit more what I need from it so from the directions we take I was really happy today.

"From FP1 to FP2 we really managed to find the right settings to bring the car a bit more comfortable for myself and being able to extract a bit more from it."

Gasly spoke also about the team's chances of a positive result at the next race weekend in Japan at Suzuka, which is engine supplier Honda's home circuit, hoping that upcoming chassis upgrades will help push the team forward.

"I think it is positive. We will have all the other upgrades coming there." Gasly said. "I think its really promising and also based on the pace we have shown in the last few weekends.

"Of course in qualifying when everybody turned up the engines a bit more we struggled, but on Sunday we seem to have a pretty good race car, which allow us to fight for the top ten. So I think hopefully with the upgrades we will bring we will have a good weekend."

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  • Kean

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    Since his return he has performed better than Kvyat, and Albon has performed better in the Red Bull than Gasly did... Kvyat not in the running for a RBR seat, so I guess the pecking order is Albon, Gasly, Kvyat.

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    • Sep 28 2019 - 13:56
    • Actually we cannot be sure Kvyat is outta the picture for the RBH seat. All we've heard is that Marko knows Kvyat's limits, not that he is on permaban from the bigsis team.

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      • Sep 29 2019 - 07:43
  • f1ski

    Posts: 611

    Is what he is saying that the engineers didn’t help him get the car to his liking?

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    • Sep 28 2019 - 15:43
    • As always, this little prick is always suggesting that it's someone else's fault when he isn't performing. Always. It's always somewhat subtle but YES. That is exactly what he's saying. His engineers at Red Bull didn't help as much as they should and that's wnh he didn't perform.

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      • Sep 28 2019 - 18:35
    • Even if the Redbull was not to his liking, the joke’s on Gasly for having such a small operating window.

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      • Sep 29 2019 - 04:26

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