Pierre Gasly said AlphaTauri’s front wing appears to be more susceptible to damage than its rivals’ after it failed when he hit a kerb on his final lap in Q3.
“The last lap in Q3 I was improving by one and a half tenths, so actually I think it would have put us very close to Valtteri [Bottas],” said Gasly. “I don’t know if he was improving or not, but our lap was coming really well.”
Gasly said he had “pushed a bit more” into turn 15 “but it was quite shocking inside the car, to lose the front wing and just blew the whole front right tyre, so that was it.”
The AlphaTauri drivers wasn’t sure whether he had caused the incident by him running excessively wide. “We know our front wing is really weak compared to others,” he said. “I’ve lost it in Bahrain, I’ve lost it in Monza, I’ve lost it in Sochi over the kerbs.
“It just seems to be really fragile. I need to review exactly but it didn’t seem like I went super-wide on it, but it clearly just broke suddenly.”
Despite the dramatic failure, Gasly doesn’t believe the incident did any damage to the chassis. “It was just the front wing, so it should be fine.”
He equalled his best qualifying performance of the season with fourth on the grid. “At the end of the day, we did our job, we qualified fourth, behind the two top teams,” said Gasly. “It’s been so far a really, really impressive weekend from from all the team.”
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