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Pierre Gasly expecting a tough Las Vegas GP weekend

Pierre Gasly has seen an upturn in form for Alpine

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Pierre Gasly is hopeful his good run of recent form can propel Alpine into the points at the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Gasly is enjoying a rich vein of form that has seen him finish in the points in two of the last three races, including a stellar comeback drive from 15th to seventh in the Brazilian GP.

The Frenchman has been one of the stars of the second half of 2023, finishing an excellent third at August’s Dutch GP before producing two top-six finishes at Singapore and Austin.

However, Gasly may be in for a stricter weekend at Las Vegas, a power-dependent circuit unlikely to suit the Alpine.

“Yeah, I think it’s been great,” Gasly told the press. “The last few races, I’ve been really happy with the way we’ve been working with the whole team.

“It’s obviously been a pretty tough season for us, so the main target is really to extract everything we got out of that car and capitalise on any opportunities that come up. 

“So finishing P7 in Interlagos was amazing, coming here in Vegas, we know it’s a very different track, more similar to Monza with all these long straights, which hasn’t been good last time for us. 

“We’ll definitely try to do better, we’ll learn from there, and yeah, we’ll hopefully put on a better performance this weekend.”

New Alpine livery for 2023 Las Vegas GP | Alpine F1 Team

Content with his personal performance

After six seasons at Toro Rosso/AlphaTauri, Gasly joined Alpine for 2023, partnering with old karting rival Esteban Ocon at the Anglo-French outfit.

Gasly got his 2023 season off to a good start with ninth in the season curtain raiser at Bahrain and Saudi Arabia before losing a chance of points in Australia following contact with Ocon at the restart.

Alpine’s struggles in 2023 have seen them fall behind rivals Aston Martin and McLaren in the constructors’ championship, with the team set to finish the season in sixth after being fourth in 2022.

The poor results cost then team principal Otmar Szafnauer and sporting director Alan Premane being dismissed during the Belgian GP weekend, with head of engine development Bruno Famin being installed as interim team principal.

Off-track matters at Spa didn’t stop Gasly from driving an excellent Sprint race in wet conditions to finish third behind triple world champion Max Verstappen and Oscar Piastri.

“It’s tough to say you’re pleased with the season you’ve had when you haven’t scored that many points I think it’s been slightly disappointing in terms of the overall performance,” added Gasly.

“Personally, I’m definitely happy with the steps I’ve made. I came into a new team; there was a lot to learn, a lot to get used to, and yeah, I felt I managed to step in and just deliver, trying to get everything out of the car, weekend after weekend. 

“I obviously wish we would be fighting for better positions, but all in all, I feel like we are working very well with the team we just need a better package and more speed for next year.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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