Pierre Gasly, Lewis, Qatar discussed on The Autosport Podcast


But what were your thoughts on Pierre gasly because he was up there in both sessions today, P four in FB one? I think it's P three and FB two. I spoke to him after FP two, and he seemed like he had really, really enjoyed driving the car around there saying how cool it was, how much he enjoyed the high-speed nature of it. What do you make of his performance stage? Do you think that as we always say? It's a Friday. So be cautious with our comments and predictions. He himself said that he's feeling confident going into qualifying tomorrow but Sunday is where they tend to need to do more of the walk. But what do you reckon? Yeah, I mean, another strong single lap pace from alpha tower, especially gasly. I mean, he's found a real sweet spot with that car this year, especially on Saturdays. Consistently up there. In qualifying, it's kind of almost his seat has almost been a little bit hidden by the fact that Sundays have been difficult for him to bring home the results for a multitude of reasons over it's been accidents he's been involved in that weren't necessarily whether it's been poor strategy choices, whether it's been the car not looking off his tires as well on a Sunday as it can the Saturday. So it's been a bit of a strange season for an impressive season, but a little bit of a strange one. But I think again, that car seems good on single lap pace. I expect no reason to think you can't follow this through into tomorrow and beyond. But again, it will be down to how is that how is it alpha tauri able to look after its tires over the longer stints? Because you saw in Qatar, started right up there, potentially could in theory have led the first lap if he'd made a better start than Lewis, but, you know, just tumbled, tumbled down the order because it couldn't look after the tires. Let's now talk about the incident that we did see today Charlotte crashing out at times 22 23. I think it was. He's had the medical checks and he is all clear in terms of that, but he did it like a hefty shunt. Talk us through what happened there because there was some concern throughout the day about those corners and people saying that that's the part that could catch drivers out. Yeah, I think when you look at what happened what's happened today and I think in formula two, it's true as well. If you have an instant here, I think drivers either don't crash at all, or if you do have a crash, it's going to be massive. I don't think there's going to be a small. I don't know if you can make a small mistake here and have a small instant. If you make a mistake here, it's going to end up in a big crash and that's exactly what happened. With Charles. I mean, the good news to him is Ferrari did the examination and the chassis and engine themselves look okay. So beyond what we can call superficial damage of ripped off suspension and wings and tires and bodywork and floor and everything actually the chassis and engine are fine. So just a classic case of a small mistake here has heavy consequences, the cars are traveling at such high speed, very heavy cars as well. And that's what happened that corner. So he just went in the back seam to get a bit least he tried to correct it and it was gone. And I think that would be the tale of tomorrow's drivers get nearer to the limit that as you try and push it, try and find where the limit is, if you overstep it, unfortunately, you ever step it and you're often in the barriers and it could be day over. So just unlucky, but like all these things better for that to happen on a Friday. Absolutely. I was just about to say that. One of the things that we did see and also hear drivers talking about after the sessions today were the closing speeds and the potential for incidents when drivers are coming around doing their first option. We have the slower cars. What are your thoughts on that? Do you think that we will probably hear tomorrow that some code of conduct they were saying on the commentary has been agreed between the drivers and between the FIA? Well, there'll be a driver's meeting tonight and guarantee the issue will come up because it's quite terrifying. I think that was that one lap from Lewis today where he came from the final sequence and then 5 or 6 cars. All darts around massive closing speed. And it only takes one driver to pull out not being sighted behind. And it's a big crash. So it will need discipline from the drivers, but it will need good guidance from the engineers as well because they're blind corners the visibility and mirrors is very limited. They are relying on them getting warnings about what's happening, but when we have things like this, if you go back to Austria, you know, you have these code of conducts and agreements and people bust them and jump out of the queue. And if you've waited three laps to get your tires into the right window and you've got one shot to go, you don't want to get your tires cooling down. We're waiting for 5 cars ahead of you to get through the final corner and potentially people jumping you. So I think the only one may be good thing that could work in its favors about the lap so long that they're not going to be as bunched up as they are in Austria, for example, where there's actually very little track. Same as Monaco, short tracks means the cars get more bunched up. So it may be the teams take it sensibly and space themselves out, but I still think when it gets towards the end of Q two or Q one and Q two, I think things could get quite frantic and it will need good discipline from both the teams and drivers to avoid any signs of trouble. And I wanted to also touch on before we wrap things up. How important do you think that this qualifying session will be in terms of the potential overtaking opportunities that we may or may not see when it comes to Sunday because we saw Max Verstappen wanting to focus more on the quality pace? Do you think that that would be the approach of many of the teams based on what we saw today? It's actually quite a hard one to judge because on paper there's no heavy braking zones is not very wide doesn't seem anywhere obvious that on a regular track you think, yep, you can overtake into here. But very, very long straights, and we know how draggy these current Formula One cars are. If you look at Sochi, for example, that run down to from the start down to turn two. Massive slipstreams. So the chances are, if you're behind someone, even if you can't follow them through a previous corner, you can probably get close enough to go to slipstream. And if that slipstream is running for a long, long sequence and through corners, there's a chance you can get a wheel alongside or something. And then kind of force your rival to give you some room and try and muscle your way through that way. There's a high chance then of front wings contacting rear wheels and incidents and will be easy for the drivers ahead to block key. But I think I can almost guarantee the full number is going to watch the formula two race tomorrow just to see what sort of what's the nature of racing here because it's one thing you can talk about it and debate it in your team and come up with grand plans until you actually in the race itself and racing against other people. You can't actually get a feel for where these opportunities come from where the surprises are. You know, it could turn into a massive overtaking fest just because the slipstream effect is so strong, could prove to be a complete procession. You never know, and if you remember you go back to the first year of Baku..

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