Gasly: Sochi weekend marked by 'too many mistakes'

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Gasly: Sochi weekend marked by 'too many mistakes'

A frustrated Pierre Gasly says AlphaTauri didn't deserve to score points in Russia, having made "too many mistakes" during the weekend in Sochi.

Gasly's discontent started on Saturday when the Frenchman missed out on the top-ten shootout in qualifying, enduring his worst performance since Spain.

On that occasion, Gasly believed his team was wrong to keep him out instead of pitting him for a fresh set of tyres as he wanted.

Launching his race from P11, the AlphaTauri charger lost several spots at the start but had progressed up to P6 by the end of his extended first stint.

The Frenchman appeared on course for points, but the decision to stay out during the rain-disrupted final stage of the race proved just as costly as it had for early race leader Lando Norris.

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"Overall we did a very good first stint keeping Bottas behind for 30 laps, and Carlos [Sainz] when he joined after [pitting].

"In the second stint we were right behind Bottas before the rain came, they pitted, we decided to stay out, they finished P5 and we P13, we lost quite a lot there so we’ll revisit what we can do better."

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The underperformance marked the first time this season that Gasly - a regular top-six contender this year - had failed to score points in two consecutive races, having been sidelined in Monza even before the race had started by a mechanical issue.

"The pace was strong in Monza, again strong here, but we didn’t capitalise on it," he added.

"This weekend I don’t think we deserved points as we made too many mistakes.

"And you know when it is such a difficult sport where you need to get everything to perfection we didn’t deserve it as we didn’t do a good enough job.

"We’ll work and come back stronger in Turkey."

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Mercedes 'assessing' engine plans amid reliability concerns

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Mercedes 'assessing' engine plans amid reliability concerns

Mercedes is assessing how it will proceed with its engine plans for the remainder of the season following Valtteri Bottas' engine change in Russia, the second in two races for the Finn.

After exceeding his three-engine quota at Monza, Bottas was assigned a fifth power unit in Russia, which justified the Finn's grid penalty on Sunday.

But a pneumatic problem detected on a Mercedes engine powering Williams' Nicholas also compelled the manufacturer to add a fourth unit to the Canadian's engine inventory.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton is still relying on two healthy engines, but mileage accumulation coupled with emerging reliability concerns could force Mercedes to add a fourth unit to the Briton's pool of hardware, which would equate to a potentially costly grid penalty for F1's title contender.

In Russia, Red Bull elected to assign a fourth engine to Max Verstappen, which in hindsight proved a timely and massively successful move given the Dutchman's P2 finish in Sochi and which theoretically puts him out of harm's way until the end of the season in terms of engine usage.

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Mercedes is therefore pondering its plans for the remaining six or seven races of the 2021 season as it addresses its recent "gremlins" while also preparing its engine allocations for next year.

"At the moment we are reassessing the performance of the power unit as we have question marks and therefore haven’t decided which engines would go back into the pool," said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

"That's why we're having a few balls in the air, because you need to have the right balance between making sure that you really sort out all the gremlins that you have in the power unit, not only for this year but also for next year's power unit.

"Definitely, we are in a phase of assessment on how to continue the season in terms of power units."

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The crux of the matter is that Mercedes, like Red Bull, cannot afford a single retirement in its intense fight for the championship.

"It's always reliability versus performance, it's always a fine line that you need to get right," added Wolff.

"DNFing, obviously, is a no go for the championship and nobody, neither us nor our competitors, can afford a zero points race weekend."

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