Scuderia AlphaTauri endured a challenging start to their home Grand Prix, with 2020 Italian Grand Prix winner Pierre Gasly being the best AT03 on the opening day in fourteenth-place.
It certainly wasn’t the sort of day the Faenza-based team would’ve been hoping for, with the Frenchman ending Friday three-tenths of a second behind tenth-placed Alex Albon. It’s vital that AlphaTauri make a “step in the right direction”, with Gasly being somewhat confident that the team know where they are struggling.
The French driver knows there is “some work to do”, but is confident that he can deliver a top ten in Qualifying on Saturday.
“There is still some work to do, but tomorrow we have an opportunity to make a step in the right direction. We know what we are struggling with and that was noticed again today in both FP1 and FP2, there was especially a lot of sliding in the medium to high-speed corners.
“Though there was the Red Flag, it didn’t change the overall performance much, because we were still able to gather all the necessary data about our weaknesses. We will need to analyse everything tonight to allow us to deliver a strong top 10 in Qualifying tomorrow.”