Pierre Gasly says he was losing seconds per lap while stuck in a DRS train during Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
The Frenchman was knocked out of Q1 on Saturday in Montreal, having been impeded by Ferrari's Carlos Sainz while on his final push lap, condemning him to start in a lowly 15th spot.
Gasly then suffered further bad luck in Sunday's race when he pitted one lap before the Safety Car was deployed, losing him further time and meaning he could not finish higher than 13th by the flag.
Afterwards, the Frenchman bemoaned his bad luck, and suggested that he could have had the seventh-quickest car at Montreal if he had had the chance to run in clear air.
"I just want to get to [the next race in] Austria," Gasly told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"The damage we suffered [in qualifying] put us massively on the backfoot, and I think we saw why track position is so important.
"I tried something different with the strategy which pushed us to pit early, then the lap afterwards, the Safety Car came out, which dropped us back to dead last, and from P18, on the same strategy as everyone on a track like this, we just can't do much.
"With the DRS train, it's difficult to pass. As soon as you end up in the DRS train, you're losing seconds [per lap]. Not even talking about hundreds or tenths – it's seconds.
"In free air, we have good pace. From what the team was telling me, we were the seventh fastest [car], after Ferrari, so there was clearly some pace, but we've just got to start there, and then we can aim at much bigger points."