Asked about the discussions around testing ‘qualifying races’ at some grands prix next year, Gasly said the only aspect of qualifying he’s unhappy with is the rule forcing drivers who reach Q2 to start the race on old tyres:
I’m pretty happy with the current format. One thing which is always a bit tricky is this Q2 tyre. Sometimes in midfield qualifying with the softest compound when the guys ahead manage to qualify with the medium, for sure it makes even bigger advantage for the guys in front.
So maybe I don’t think the format is a massive problem. The main thing is just to make us race closer to each other. Mainly being able follow other cars closer to improve the racing. But then after I think it’s no problem to try that if they want just to try and see what the outcome [is] because until we try we cannot really know.
"The first runs on the Base tyre were extremely competitive so that was looking positive. Then on the Option we experienced some understeer, so we didn’t extract the most out of that tyre. Now we have a good idea of what we need to do for tomorrow."
"At Monza Ferrari introduced its own engine upgrade. But its advantage over Mercedes was no greater than at Spa – ie still around 30bhp in qualifying, 20 in the race. But Mercedes had moved up relative to Renault and Honda."
"He has admitted, too, that he is trying to find his own feet. He put on his Instagram account that he is trying to find his purpose in life so there are times when, I guess, he is trying to figure himself out. He means well, but sometimes he can be hard to read."