#21 Pierre Gasly (FRA – Prema Dallara-Mecachrome)
Qualifying 1(Group A): 8th – Race 1 Grid: Pit Lane start (Penalty) – Race 1 Result: 15th
Reverse Grid (Top 8) Race 2 Grid: 15th – Race 2 Result: 13th
GP2 Series: 4th – 33 points – after 4 of 22 races
Pierre Gasly set the fastest racing lap of the GP2 weekend at Monaco but left the principality with no points. A frustrating weekend for the 20-year-old Frenchman who had led the points table coming into the classic weekend.
The Red Bull Junior showed pace from the start, topped the timing screen with his first lap of practice but then clipped a barrier on his second and seriously damaged his car. "It's been a very frustrating day that didn't start well. In practice I was P1 but I crashed after just one flying lap so we lost a lot of mileage and the opportunity to gather data for the rest of the day," reported Gasly frankly.
An honest mistake
"I did a mistake, I was pushing a little too hard and crashed in the first corner. We didn't have a lot of time to repair the car. The mechanics did everything they could to be ready for qualifying but it was actually really tight in terms of time available.
"In qualifying then we faced a technical issue while on the second set of tires so we couldn't take advantage of them at all," explained Gasly who set the eighth fastest time in Group A but then missed stopping at the weigh-bridge so had his time cancelled and would start Race 1 from the pit lane.
A tough Race 1
"Starting from the pit-lane we knew it would have been a difficult race so we opted for a different strategy, adapting it to what the competition would do. At one point I was behind Eriksson. As he made a mistake, he took me by surprise and I hit him which forced me to pit earlier than expected to also change my front wing."
"This was also a last minute pit stop and that cost us even more time. It's a pity because the pace was very good. I managed to log the fastest lap of the race. It is quite frustrating to score no points when the potential is so high," concluded Gasly who was 15th and would thus start the sprint race from that grid position.
No easier in Race 2
"Starting P15 was not an easy race. It's difficult to overtake in Monaco so I did not want to take any risks avoiding any penalty. We tried a few things on the car and backed off to check the pace. I think we had the 3rd best lap of the race but starting from the back is always tricky here."
"The car is fast which is the most important thing. Now we will focus on our next race in Baku where we are aiming to recover from this tough weekend," said the Prema driver.