“I put my good results last year down to being more experienced, as it was my third season in F1 and also the first time I had stayed for a second full season with the same team,” he said.
“I’d say it was mainly the continuity from 2019 that paid off, working with the same engineers, having a better understanding of what we are doing. As a team we all succeeded in exploiting the experiences from the previous two years.
“I’m always hungry for more so I’m sure we can achieve great things also in 2021.”
Despite contracting Covid-19 last month, which he recovered from quickly, Gasly said he is in good shape for the new season.
“After spending some time with my family, especially for Christmas, I went with my coach to Dubai. I did the same last year and it worked really well, I felt really fit, so I adopted the same plan this time. In Dubai there are amazing training facilities and the weather is ideal for some outdoor exercise and I could push myself quite hard.
“Unfortunately, I tested positive for Covid at the end of January but luckily, I felt good, so I could continue training in my apartment. A slight cough for a couple of days did not stop me, I wasn’t tired at all, so I could go on with my training programme. I didn’t miss anything and I’m ready for the new season.”
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