Pierre Gasly’s shares are soaring, the Italian Grand Prix winner has been delivering way above his remit since his return to AlphaTauri, but this year his form and performances have ramped up and the Frenchman has a hand on being 2020 Driver of the year.
His team have secured his services for another year, ensuring the 24-year-old from Rouen, importantly he remains in the Red Bull-pen and who knows when his paymasters see the sense of promoting him back to the pit garage alongside Max Verstappen, as the Alex Albon experiment has left the team with egg on their face.
Credit to Gasly delivering impressive results (when his car does not break down as it did last time out) while taking it all in maturely and accepting his unreasonable plight, “I knew I was staying with the team next year for quite a while before the announcement, and I’m very happy to continue with AlphaTauri.
“We work well together, it’s a very good team and we are having a strong season. We’ve still got four more races this season and that’s my main focus at the moment, but it’s true we are finding out things that will be useful for next year, and these last few races are an important part of our preparation for 2021.
In the team’s preview of this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, Pierre gave insight into life of an F1 driver in these strange times, “Before Turkey, we had a very short break after Imola. It was a case of staying at home as much as possible while training and ensuring that any trips to a gym were done without taking any risks regarding the virus.
The track falls into the same class as Imola, Mugello and Portimao, old school venues where mistakes are punished. Racing arenas unexpectedly hosting F1 either for the first time or the sport returning to them after a long absence.
It will be the same this weekend, mistakes will be punished and we will again be in awe of today’s mighty machinery at a truly challenging piece of tarmac and that magical superfast double apex Turn 8. Watch the exit of that all weekend!
Pierre continued, “They say the Istanbul track can give your neck muscles a real workout, but I reckon I am fitter now than I have ever been in my career, so I have no concerns in that respect.
“Keeping fit and just getting on with life is becoming more complicated now with the additional restrictions coming into force. You have to stick to the rules and ensure you don’t catch it so you can finish the season.
“Like most of the drivers, I’ve never raced in Istanbul, so it will be a case of discovering the track for the first time. The layout looks very interesting and so I’m keen to experience it for myself.
“I have managed to do a few laps of the track in the simulator and it seems really unique with unusual corners – everyone’s heard of Turn 8 with all the long left-handers. The first sector seems interesting with some blind parts.
“There are also some changes of gradient and a lot of corners where you have high lateral and longitudinal loads when you are turning and braking at the same time.
“I think it is quite complicated and I like that sort of track with a lot of corners where you have to get into a rhythm and so I think I’ll enjoy it. It’s another opportunity to try and do something really good.”