(L to R): Mick Schumacher, Haas; Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri; Yas Marina, 2022

Depressing to consider points lost says Gasly after AlphaTauri slump to ninth

2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Pierre Gasly said it’s best not to dwell on the narrow margin by which AlphaTauri lost eighth place to Haas in the constructors championship

AlphaTauri had their strongest ever season in Formula 1 last year, taking sixth in the standings with 142 points. But they fell down the order when new technical regulations came in for 2022 and ended the year in ninth place with just 35 points from 22 grands prix.

The resurgent Haas, last in the 2021 championship, beat AlphaTauri to eighth place by two points. Gasly said the team could easily have made that difference up during the season.

“If you look back over 22 races, you’ll find these two points easily,” said Gasly, who won a race with the team in 2020 and reached the podium again last year.

“But I’ve learnt for our own mental health, in F1 it’s better not to look back at all the missing points. Otherwise you get into depression very fast.

“It’s a thing for us, we could have done also a better job on some occasions. Clearly for us it’s been a extremely difficult year, sometimes doing mistakes on our side, sometimes being unlucky. It’s been a very challenging year.”

The final race was typical of AlphaTauri’s season, with Gasly starting 17th and finishing 14th while team mate Yuki Tsunoda finished where he started, in 11th. The pair finished the same race in the top five a year earlier.

Gasly urged the media to “give me a break already and don’t talk about this race” after the disappointing end to his six years spent mostly at the team. “It’s been difficult like [this] the whole year. We had to try something, we tried, it didn’t work out.”

While Tsunoda will remain with the team to work on climbing back up the competitive order, Gasly has left AlphaTauri to join Alpine for 2023, his place being taken by Nyck de Vries.

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2 comments on “Depressing to consider points lost says Gasly after AlphaTauri slump to ninth”

  1. Sure, it is somewhat disappointing to lose points and not score much. But then, that is an integral part of the championship. Just look at Haas, at Alfa Romeo or even at the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull. Not to mention Alpine.

    All of them have lost many many points due to mechanical issues, power train issues as well as accidents.

  2. Bit of an enigma our Pierre.
    GP winner
    Led his team to 8th runner-up in WCC
    Blew his rivals away in penalty points comp.

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