Gasly "upset with myself" after costly Q3 error

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says he's "disappointed" and "upset" with himself after making an error on his final run in Austrian Grand Prix qualifying.

Gasly "upset with myself" after costly Q3 error

After a bruising home grand prix in France, Gasly looked in stronger shape at the Red Bull Ring, and was not far from the frontrunners in the first two qualifying segments.

In the end, however, the Frenchman was two tenths slower in the final segment than he had been in Q2, and was thus consigned to eighth place on the grid.

“I think overall there were a lot of positives, and also in qualifying, but just disappointing not to put things together when it really mattered in Q3,” Gasly said afterwards.

“Managed to have some decent pace this weekend, but just this afternoon in the last run when it mattered I didn't do it. Just upset with myself.

“We tried to find some consistency, managed to put some good laps in in qualifying, things were going well, I felt good with the car.

“And then Q3, first run wasn't ideal and second run, I arrived in Turn 1 and lost the car on the entry, just went over the kerb, and lost four tenths up to Turn 3. After that, the rest of the lap was good, but was just a mistake in Turn 1 that cost me the fifth place.

“Quite disappointed with myself with the mistake into Turn 1.”

Gasly was exactly a tenth slower than McLaren's Lando Norris, who will begin Sunday's race in fifth place due to Kevin Magnussen's penalty.

The Frenchman is convinced he should've qualified ahead of Norris and the two Alfa Romeos, which “would've been pretty satisfying after a pretty good weekend.”

“It's just a shame [to end up eighth], but I don't think it shows the potential we have since the beginning of the weekend,” Gasly insisted. “So now we need to look at tomorrow and just recover the positions I didn't make today.”

Like in France, Gasly diverged from teammate Max Verstappen in strategy in Q2 and will start the race on the soft tyre, but he is convinced this will prove less of a hindrance than it had been at Paul Ricard.

“We kind of spoke about [starting on the medium] before qualifying, but then after Q1 went well and we don't really think there's a massive advantage with the medium,” Gasly explained.

“I think we know it's going to be really hot, it's going to be quite a long race, it's not going to be easy for anyone.

“I think the Ferraris start on the soft, only a few drivers [ahead] will start on medium. I don't know if it's going to be good or bad, but it's going to be the same thing for everybody, and we have to make the best.”

shares
comments
Hamilton gets grid penalty for impeding Raikkonen
Previous article

Hamilton gets grid penalty for impeding Raikkonen

Next article

Bottas hindered by miscommunication in "messy" qualifying

Bottas hindered by miscommunication in "messy" qualifying
Load comments
How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison Prime

How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells Stuart Codling about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Prime

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as Ben Anderson discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher Prime

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles as a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay Prime

Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax Prime

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021