Pierre Gasly is confident that AlphaTauri can have a stronger second half of the season after a difficult start to 2022.
The Red Bull sister outfit finished the 2021 campaign P6 in the Constructors' Championship, only 13 points behind fifth-placed Alpine and with a substantial 65-point advantage over Aston Martin in seventh.
However, the squad have often found themselves further back in the field this year, and currently sit P8 in the standings, only seven points ahead of Aston Martin in P9.
Gasly "100 per cent" sure that AlphaTauri can improve
Despite the team's tough start to the season, Gasly feels sure that the latter half of the campaign will be better for AlphaTauri when F1 returns from its summer break, especially after seeing steps forward in performance at recent races.
When asked if knowing the potential of the squad's package gives him optimism for the rest of 2022, Gasly told media, including RacingNews365.com: "Yeah, 100 per cent.
"We knew at the start of the season that this year is a race of development; new regulations, new cars, people are just going to develop their car throughout the year.
"It doesn't really matter how you start, what's important is just to have [progress] through the year.
"I think we started in a decent place. I kind of got slowed down a bit with all the issues we had with porpoising, etc.
"But now it's clearly bringing performance, and when you see how tight the midfield is, I think it's clearly going to put us back in that fight.
"Now, two tenths in the midfield go from P8 to P16, so we just need to make sure we maximise the full potential of what we've got, for the rest of the year."
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Gasly glad of chance to "reset" during break
Formula 1 is now embarking on its summer break before the calendar resumes with the Belgian Grand Prix on 26-28 August, and Gasly has welcomed the opportunity to reset ahead of the rest of the season.
"I must say, I'm looking forward to it, just to have some downtime and also sort of reset, take the time to analyse this first part of the year, which hasn't been the way we wanted as a team," the Frenchman continued.
"[We] didn't get the result that we would have liked, and [so we can] kind of regroup and see how to approach this second part of the year in the best way possible."
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