Gasly un­lucky 13th on trou­bled re­turn

Autosport (UK) - - MEXICAN GRAND PRIX STORIES OF THE RACE/F1 -

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.”

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