Pierre Gasly: ​​“Kissing a Frenchman in Monaco? It doesn’t work in any respect “/Components 1

France’s Pierre Gasly, the thrilling winner of the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, talks about the magic of Monaco and explains why the 2022 race car generation makes the driver’s job even more difficult.

Almost all Formula 1 drivers say the same about it, we quote AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly as representative: “There are only two grands prix that every driver wants to win – the home prize, if he has one, and the Monaco Grand Prix.

The sensational winner of the 2020 Italian Grand Prix at Monza has also fallen hopelessly in love with Monte Carlo: “Monaco is a cult, Monaco is historically unique. If one knows only one Formula 1 race, it is the Grand Prix on the streets of Monte Carlo “.

“I myself am always amazed at the old photos and how little the slope layout has changed since the 1920s and 1930s. Here you really get the impression that you are walking in the footsteps of really great drivers.”

The 26-year-old Frenchman from Rouen continues: “Maybe the Monaco Grand Prix doesn’t always produce the most exciting race of the season; Just because the track is very narrow and overtaking is very difficult.”

“But for me, the slowest race of the year is also the hardest. I don’t know of any other course where you need 100 per cent concentration, even one second of inattention to finish your qualification or your race.”

How does a Formula 1 driver draw the line between precision and aggressiveness? In response to this question from SPEEDWEEK.com, Gasly said: “It’s a very nice line here. Accuracy is everything, 99 percent is not possible. You can get to less than ten centimeters from the Barcelona pavement at the top of the corner and that would be fine. If I did it here in Monaco, you would lose the front wheel.”

In terms of aggressiveness, you have to think about risk and reward. I love getting out on a track and exploring frontiers right away. Of course you will slip off the ramp or block a wheel. I basically start at 105 percent and then lower it down a bit. It’s just the opposite in Monte Carlo. You start out somewhat cautiously and build confidence round by round. You have to be smart about preparing for the weekend.”

“With the new 2022 generation of racing cars, everything will be more difficult: the cars are wider, so there is less room for error, and overtaking is on the verge of impossibility. The cars are wider, but it will feel as if the track has narrowed.”

Is Pierre concerned about the limited visibility many drivers have complained about during F1 winter testing? “No, Saudi Arabia was a good practice. And in Jeddah I noticed I don’t have vision problems. So I suppose it wouldn’t be a problem here either.”

“Of course Le Castellet is the local race, but I have a lot of support in Monaco from neighboring France – another factor in the magic of Monte Carlo.”

Readers keep asking: if a driver touches or kisses the guardrail in Monaco, does the driver feel it at the wheel? Gasly begins to laugh: “I always say when it comes to road courses—it’s OK to kiss the guardrail, but I wouldn’t dare French kiss! No, if I felt it was at the wheel, most likely the touch was too strong and damaged. Classic place It’s getting out of the pool, as some pilots exaggerated a bit and paid dearly for it.”

Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona (22 May 2022)

01. Max Verstappen (Netherlands), Red Bull Racing, 1:37: 14.330 hours
02. Sergio Perez (Mexico), Red Bull Racing, +13.072 s
03. George Russell (UK), Mercedes +32.927
04. Carlos Sainz (English), Ferrari +45.208
05. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes +54.534
06. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo +59.976.59.976.68
07. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1: 15.397 min
08. Lando Norris (GB) McLaren +1: 23.235
09. Fernando Alonso (English), Alps, +1 lap
10. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Alpha Tauri, +1 lap
11. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +1 lap
12. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), McLaren, +1 lap
13. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +1 lap
14. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +1 lap
15. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1 lap
16. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +2 laps
17. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +2 laps
18. Alex Albon (T), Williams, +2 laps
Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, Cooling
Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, Engine Unit

World Championship standings after 6 races out of 22

01. Verstappen 110 points
02. Leclerc 104
03. Perez 85
04- Contact 74
05. Sainz 65
06 hamilton 46
07. Norris 39
08. Buta 38
09.Ocon 30
10- Magnussen 15
11- Ricardo 11
12. Tsunoda 11
13. Gazily 6
14. Hajj 4
15. Alonso 4
16. Albon 3
17. Picnic 2
18. Chu 1
19. Schumacher 0
20. Hulkenberg 0
21- Latifi 0

World Cup Wings Designers

01. Red Bull Racing 195 points
02 Ferrari 169
03. Mercedes 120
04. McLaren 50
05. Alfa Romeo 39
06. Alpine 34
07- Alfatore 17
08 Haas 15
09. Aston Martin 6
10- Williams 3

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