AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says he has”no idea” in which the team’s rate came out after impressing in clinic for the Grand Prix.
Gasly was fastest in the morning session before going up two spots from the day as the speediest Honda-powered driver, actually before Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
His team-mate Daniil Kyvat also revealed flashes of rate, taking fourth FP1 before falling to seventh at the faster day session.
“It has been the finest Friday by far because the beginning of the year,” explained Gasly. “I believe we were this afternoon, fourth this day. I have to say that the atmosphere from the car was great. I could drive, I was able to put some good laps, and that I felt very comfortable.
“So a favorable Friday for us. Regrettably, we had a little issue with the damper in the conclusion during the very long term. We needed to stop prior to the conclusion. But generally speaking, we’re fairly pleased.”
Asked where the speed had come out of he explained:”Well, honestly, we’ve no idea! I meanwe were amazed to see right up there. I believe that the set up we’ve got for Monza with quite low downforce appears to function very well.
“We could still improve a little for tomorrowand I think there’ll be a few surprises with notably the brand new engine manners and what we could utilize in quali, and at the race”
Despite revealing such excellent speed now Gasly was wary about the group’s prospects for the remainder of the weekend.
“I believe we ought to be still fairly cautious,” he explained. “I believe we’d for sure that a very great Friday. I believe that it’s normal we are pretty certain for tomorrowbut it is so tight, particularly here with all the tows in qualifying, it’ll be very important to get it all right.
“We watched just how cluttered it was, just for FP2, nobody needed to go . I guess tomorrow will be worse. So I think that it’s going to be catchy, but for Sunday that I believe I am pretty confident we could have a thrilling race ”
Despite having with flashes of rate, Kvyat had a less than optimum moment.
“There’s still some work to do,” said the Russian. “My laps option [tyres] were not entirely clean, thus there’s a little bit of work to do for tomorrowbut it’s good. We know we’ve got something to focus on tonight. It was rather ordinary Friday.”