In the round-up: Pierre Gasly was pleased with Alpine’s performance in Brazil.
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Interlagos a boost for Alpine – Gasly
Gasly rose from 15th on the grid to finish seventh in the Brazilian Grand Prix, leading home Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes among others. He called it “one of our best performances of the season.”
His best result this year is third in Monaco and he took a pair of sixth places in Singapore and the USA. But Gasly was especially pleased with how the team managed his race in Brazil.
“It was a very challenging race to manage with multiple stints and pit stops, but the entire team did a great job to make the right calls and execute the stops well,” he said.
Esteban Ocon added to the team’s points haul despite his Saturday being spoiled by a heavy crash involving Fernando Alonso.
“For the team, in seventh and 10th, it’s clearly a strong performance, especially after starting from near the back of the grid,” Gasly added. “We competed with Carlos [Sainz Jnr] and the two Mercedes throughout, so that is clearly a good step forwards.”
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Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei said their spending on the one-off event was partly why costs had risen for the highly anticipated race. “On the initial costs, we’ve got an opening ceremony that’s grand, we won’t have that in future years,” he told CNBC.
Although the cost of the event has risen, Maffei remains convinced the pay-off will justify it. “We had a bunch of initial start-up costs around security, around temporary bridges, around optimising the fan experience in a hurry, that over time we’re going to be optimised both for the quality of the fan experience, but also for probably improved profitability,” he said. “But the impact not just of the race, but what it will do to our interest among sponsors, what it’ll do to our interest fans, we think that is going to be enduring from this year forward.”
Media fuelling Perez speculation – Horner
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has reiterated Sergio Perez’s seat is not at risk for next year, and said the speculation over his future has been fuelled by the media.
“The only people that keep putting the question mark are you guys,” he told Bloomberg in an interview yesterday. “I keep repeating that Checo is going to be our driver next year.”
Perez goes into the final two races of the season with 258 points to team mate Max Verstappen’s 524.
“He’s had a tough six weeks but he’s started to re-find his form,” Horner claimed. “I thought the race he drove in Sao Paolo was very strong, his race in Austin was strong and he’s finding his form again.
“He’s second in the world championship, he’s over 30 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton with two races to go. So let’s see what he can do over these next couple of races. But he will be our driver alongside Max in 2024.”
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