Gasly: Good start key to upholding P5 in Hungarian GP

Pierre Gasly led F1's midfield contenders in qualifying in Hungary, but the AlphaTauri charger says he'll need a... The post Gasly: Good start key to upholding P5 in Hungarian GP appeared first on F1i.com.

Gasly: Good start key to upholding P5 in Hungarian GP

Pierre Gasly led F1's midfield contenders in qualifying in Hungary, but the AlphaTauri charger says he'll need a good launch off the grid to emulate in Sunday's race his P5 performance in Q3.

The Frenchman achieved at the Hungaroring his best Saturday afternoon performance since Baku, clocking in just 0.062s behind Red Bull's Sergio Perez who qualified P4, a result that Gasly didn't really expect given the speed of late of his McLaren and Ferrari rivals.

"To be honest we didn't expect to be ahead of the Ferrari and the McLarens, so this was a very good surprise," Gasly told Sky F1.

"I was really happy with my lap in Q3, I knew when I closed that this was a good one but still, didn't expect to be right in front of them, and for a very small margin we managed to make it happen, so really pleased with fifth place."

Assessing his prospects for Sunday, Gasly admitted that AlphaTauri's AT02 would perhaps be at a deficit to its competitors in race trim which highlighted the importance of executing a flawless launch off the grid and a strong opening lap on the soft tyre ahead of an expected two-stop race.

"We know that generally on long runs we seem to struggle a bit more," Gasly explained. "On a track like Budapest, the track position is so important because it's so hard to overtake.

"I think the key point will be to get a good start and then from there try to hold that fifth position. We expect the two-stop teams to pull away and use that free air to keep the tyres as we want them.

"The main target was to qualify as far forward as we could and I think today we achieved that.

"We know they are fast cars [McLaren and Ferrari] but we've got the track position. I expect a very tight battle.

"It's going to be a very long race, it's not going to be easy with the tyres, probably going to be a lot of fighting with the guys behind but I'm really excited about it."

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Sainz 'puzzled' by Q2 crash - suspects gusty tailwind

A puzzled Carlos Sainz was at a loss to explain his crash in qualifying in Hungary but suspected... The post Sainz 'puzzled' by Q2 crash - suspects gusty tailwind appeared first on F1i.com.

Sainz 'puzzled' by Q2 crash - suspects gusty tailwind

A puzzled Carlos Sainz was at a loss to explain his crash in qualifying in Hungary but suspected that a gusty tailwind had likely unsettled his car at the final corner and sent him into the barriers.

The Ferrari driver had displayed a strong pace on the soft tyre as the front-runners set about making the Q3 cut on Pirelli's medium compound.

Sainz's teammate Charles Leclerc had just clocked in second when the Spaniard was coming to the end of his own flyer. But as he entered the Hungaroring's final Turn 14 corner, the Ferrari slid off course and thumped the barriers.

With his SF21 still running, Sainz attempted to exit the run-off area but a broken front wing lodged under his car halted his maneuver and brought out the red flag.

"I was honestly completely puzzled about it, because I didn’t understand what I did wrong or did differently," he told Sky F1 after the session.

"If anything I went into the last corner slower than in the previous lap, my Q1 run one lap, because I felt like the tyre and the wind were a bit more different.

"So I went in slower than in the previous lap, and somehow I still lost the car. So I went with the engineers to have a good check, and we found out that instead of having a 10kph headwind I had a 35kph gust, and this probably made me lose the rear."

Feeling there was a good result on the table ahead of his mishap, a frustrated Sainz was apologetic to his team for his mistake.

"I’m not used to doing these sort of mistakes so it hurts quite a lot to do them," he said. "I apologise to the team and I’m not going to use the wind as an excuse, just take it on the chin.

"I think it is part of the learning process. Unfortunately, it is the worst track to have this sort of issue."

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Indeed, on a track where overtaking opportunities are few and far in between, the Ferrari driver will have his work cut out for him at the outset when he launches his race from the lower ranks of the grid.

"Tomorrow will be a challenging day and tonight I will study with the team what we can do to recover as much ground as possible," he said.

"It’s unfortunate because Q1 run one was so strong, and it was one of my strongest laps as a Ferrari driver.

"Then to have this problem here it hurts."

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