by Pierre Gasley hundredth race Formula 1 The race turned out to be one to remember, as the Scuderia AlphaTauri The driver battled his way back from a pitlane start to secure a ninth-place finish in the Belgian Grand Prix.
The French driver had originally profited from a series of penalties further up the grid, as his twelfth place in qualifying turned into an eighth place in the Grand Prix.
However, an electrical system failure before the start of the race forced Gasly to start his race from the pit lane.
By stopping early, Gasly was able to put in a long stint on the hard tires before finishing his career on the medium compound. The extra pace provided by the medium tires towards the end of the race allowed Gasly to work his way from seventeenth on lap twenty-three to ninth at the end of the Grand Prix.
Speaking after the race, Gasly described his comeback at the Belgian Grand Prix as “incredible”.
“It has been an incredible race, it is my 100the today’s race, so it’s special. I’m really surprised how we’ve finished, having to start from the pitlane to come home in the top 10 is pretty unbelievable, so we should be happy with that today.
“Obviously we were lined up P8 on the grid but we had a problem and had to go back to the garage, luckily we started the car and were able to start the race from the pitlane.
“The car isn’t where we want it to be yet, we still have some areas we need to work on, but I’m happy we managed to score points again today.”
Yuki Tsunoda: “I am quite happy with the way I drove“
Just like his teammate, yukitsunoda he was forced to start his Belgian Grand Prix from the pit-lane after the team decided on a new power unit for his AT03 shortly after qualifying.
Tsunoda was unable to follow his teammate’s lead around the Circuit of Spa-Francorchampsas a different strategy than his teammate cost Tsunoda any chance of the points today.
Starting on the hard compound tyres, Tsunoda faced a longer first stint before pitting on the medium tires on lap nineteen. The Japanese driver showed a great level of pace during his second stint and was able to momentarily hold a place in the points, but a second pit stop of the day on lap thirty-one would deny Tsunoda any realistic chance of finishing in the points. .
Tsunoda would return home for an eventual thirteenth place finish, extending his streak of finishing outside the points, dating back to the Spanish Grand Prix In May.
Despite another pointless finish for Tsunoda, the Japanese driver was looking to take the positives from the race and is hopeful the team can build on his strong pace. Zandvoort next weekend.
“Starting from the pitlane was always going to be difficult, but I think the pace was strong today and we had a good strategy, being able to make progress during the race. Unfortunately we lost a lot of time in the pit stops and then I got stuck in a DRS train, but I’m pretty happy with how I drove today and how the car felt.
“Hopefully we can maintain the performance we have found this weekend in the Netherlands, coupled with a clean race weekend, and aim for the points once again.”