Gasly unlucky 13th on troubled return
PIERRE GASLY FINISHED 13TH ON HIS RETURN TO Formula 1 after missing the United States Grand Prix, replacing Daniil Kvyat in the Toro Rosso team’s line-up.
The 21-year-old had a disastrous run in practice, managing just 12 laps thanks to sitting out the first sessions for Sean Gelael, then Renault power unit problems in the next two. Similar issues also prevented him from driving in qualifying.
He was running 9.485 seconds and two places behind team-mate Brendon Hartley when the New Zealander retired on lap 31. While his race pace was a little slower, considering his lack of practice and track experience, it was a respectable performance.
“You mustn’t forget Pierre couldn’t do many laps because of reliability problems,”said Red Bull’s
Helmut Marko.“he did a really good job.”