Pierre Gasly’s time at AlphaTauri has come to an finish with the French driver set to don the Alpine colors in 2023 – however the Frenchman says he’ll miss his now former group mate Yuki Tsunoda and his “no filter” method.
The pair have been group mates for 2 seasons and have fashioned an in depth relationship of their time working collectively. And as he will get set to hitch Alpine, Gasly revealed what he’ll miss essentially the most about working with Tsunoda, who he calls a “very unique character”.
“He doesn’t live that far from my house in Milan so I am sure we will get some more time in the off season to catch up,” mentioned Gasly. “However there isn’t a bull**** with Yuki and that’s one factor I’ll actually respect. All the pieces which works by way of his thoughts is out of his mouth in a flash of sunshine.
“He’s a really distinctive character, acquired an incredible sense of humour, no filter, which will be fairly stunning at instances, however he is a good human being. Actually loved these final two years seeing him evolve inside the group.
“Additionally as an individual I feel he has developed quite a bit – undoubtedly somebody I respect, and I’ll fortunately name as a good friend now.”
Requested if Tsunoda has what it takes to steer AlphaTauri, Gasly mentioned: “Solely time will inform whether or not he has acquired what it takes to steer the group. His path to Method 1 was sort of quick forwarded. He went Method 4, Method 3, F2, straight to F1 at fairly a younger age, not a lot expertise.
“I think only time will tell but for sure he has improved massively this year. Would not be surprised to see him improving again next season. I think he knows what he needs to work on: a bit of self-control. But he knows that, and he has got good people around him and this environment is also good for him to really develop as a better driver.”
Gasly completed his remaining race with AlphaTauri in 14th on the Abu Dhabi GP and whereas he admits he and the group had a “difficult” season – as they completed ninth in the constructors’ championship – he was stuffed with reward for the Italian outfit after their “amazing” time collectively, which stretches again to 2017, both aspect of a brief spell with Purple Bull.
‘I’m a greater driver due to them’ – Pierre Gasly bids farewell to AlphaTauri
“Yeah, we tried. But tonight, I don’t have much to say. It reflects our season which was difficult,” mentioned Gasly when requested to mirror on his race. “However I do know we by no means stopped preventing till the top, and till these previous couple of laps. On the finish of the day, I’ll extra keep in mind these previous 5 years from my first race in Malaysia again in 2017 until now.
“I know a lot has changed on my side, on the team side, they’ve been doing a very strong job over the last few years, and I think the way they’ve developed has been really impressive and I’ve really enjoyed the journey. That is what I will remember.”
He continued: “I can clearly say that now I am a better driver thanks to them, and I think we have had an amazing time together, so definitely going to feel strange not to see these similar faces next year but then I will keep with me close to my heart all these people and carry with me all these amazing memories.”