When it doesn’t want to … Pierre Gasly thought he had done the hardest part, slamming a 13th time in the dying seconds of Q1 to allow him to enter Q2 of the Hungarian Grand Prix this Saturday. Alas, a wheel placed beyond the white line and the limits of the track at turn 5 sent him back into limbo. The real ones, those who reign at the bottom of the grid of a track where overtaking is more complicated than winning the lottery.
Nineteenth and penultimate time, the Norman was not necessarily happy. “It’s infuriating, he cursed. Because we clearly had the pace to fight with the top ten. »
The changes made to the AT03 would therefore have ended up bearing fruit? Even its technical director believes in it. “Both cars had Q2 potentialhammered Jody Ettington. Everything was decided for Yuki at 35 thousandths for him to pass the cut. » The Japanese, much more direct than all his F1 colleagues, tempered: “We lack adherencehe analyzed with honesty. And particularly in the first sector. »
So for the race, it looks clearly complicated whether we start 16th like the Japanese or 19th like Gasly. “I think we have what it takes to fight backtried to positive the Frenchman. It’s up to us to find a way to unlock performance. »
Results that have fled him since the start of the year (only three times in points). Yet, despite the herculean task that awaits him, he can believe in it. His compatriot, Esteban Ocon, won here last year, taking advantage of a monstrous pileup. And in Monaco, a track technically very close to the Hungaroring, Gasly had managed to overtake magnificently… without however being able to reach the point (from 17th to 11th).