The Russian GP will be held in Sochi on Sunday 26 September. Here’s how AlphaTauri pilots are preparing.
Russian GP. Next to Gasly and Tsunoda’s statement
Pierre Gasly: Russian GP after Monza
“What happened at Monza was reprehensible, because I think we could have done some good there, especially if you look at how the race went. The weekend ended very badly for the team, for me and for Yuki because the race Before we had a very good performance and I had super qualifying. A real shame, but after the summer break there was a positive trend as our performance level has been very good in all three races since then. That’s for the rest of the season Good because I believe we can be competitive in all the rest of the race. In a way, it was good that we took an engine penalty in Italy and so we hope to do it by the end of the season without doing it any more. Then Sochi, where I finished in Q3 last year and finished in the top 10. I love the track, even though the layout includes many similar corners. The final area is quite technical, the long straight lines will get you through The fights allow further outreach. The fact that the circuit is located in Olympic Park gives it a special “sports” atmosphere. And Sochi itself has evolved over the years. I remember when I first went to Formula 2 there wasn’t much to do, but now there is a nice atmosphere. Since Italy, I’ve enjoyed taking a little break because the triple-header was too intense, there was no time to do anything between races and you couldn’t train as hard as you normally would. A little break is especially good for the whole team, before starting and in addition to normal work on the simulator, I was able to spend some time with my family in France”.
GP Sochi: timetable and where to watch it on TV
“Shortly before Monza, it was confirmed that I would be with Scuderia AlphaTauri next year. I am obviously happy and grateful to the team and to Honda. Monza was a real shame as the performance of the car was already Was from FP1 and then topped my teammate in qualifying. I found the sprint format quite difficult, going straight into qualifying with only one free practice session. But I think I’ve shown good progress. I mostly Time After Monza in Italy, Spent some time at the factory, except for a few days in the simulator in the UK and now I am ready for the next race in Russia. In Sochi, most of the turns are 90 degrees and very similar to each other So you have to have a good technique to drive 90 degree turns! Also, you need a car that has good traction when exiting corners, to have enough speed along the straights that follow them. Looks like a normal track, but it’s actually more of a street circuit so the track’s design. The growth is huge over the weekend and the wing effect is huge. I am confident that I can do well there and continue to make progress during the race weekend. I raced in Formula 3 in Sochi and in Formula 2 last year and I have good memories. I took pole position and finished second in the feature race. I will continue with my step-by-step approach, gradually learning all about the track and how the car works. In fact, I am not worried about the car, because it has shown good performance since the beginning of the year, especially in the last six or seven races where we have done consistently well. I will focus more on improving my driving and I look forward to experiencing Sochi in a Formula 1 car for the first time.
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