The Styrian Grand Prix lasted only the space of a corner Pierre Gasly. The talented Frenchman from AlphaTauri, clearly among the best drivers in this start of the season, was in fact forced to retire due to a contact he had during the first lap with his friend’s Ferrari. Charles Leclerc. The two were competing for position with Fernando Alonso’s Alpine, immediately after the start, when a misunderstanding led the Monegasque to touch the left rear wheel of Gasly’s AT02. The result was the breaking of the front wing for Leclerc and a puncture for the driver from Rouen.
However, if the Ferrari driver was still able to recover, finishing the race in a splendid seventh position, Gasly had to park his damaged AlphaTauri in the pits at the end of the lap, closing his Sunday early. Commenting on the microphones of Sky Sport F1 the accident however, it was the Frenchman himself who removed any responsibility for the incident from his friend’s shoulders. “It doesn’t matter if he or I made a mistake. We both went out and for me this is the most painful thing. After a weekend like this, being out after a curve is really extremely disappointing. He hit the left rear and the tire burst. I didn’t even think I made a contact, but this unfortunately cost us the race “.
“Clarify? No – reiterated Gasly – nothing changes in the end. I will not score points today and for me this is the most disappointing thing, because obviously in a championship you never want to retire. What happens after the race doesn’t count anymore “.