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Pierre Gasly

Gasly pleased with points after getting 'pretty mad' during race

It was a tough weekend for AlphaTauri at the Australian Grand Prix, and Pierre Gasly admits that he had to keep his head in order to secure a P9 finish.

Gasly Australia
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Pierre Gasly was pleased to come away from the Australian Grand Prix with points after getting "pretty mad" during the race.

The AlphaTauri driver started from 11th on the grid, and managed to gain places in the opening laps.

However, the timing of his pit-stop did not coincide well with a Safety Car period, resulting in him losing places.

Gasly was left angry by this, but kept his focus in order to work his way back up into the points-paying position of ninth.

"I'll take those two points today!" the Frenchman said after the event.

"It's been quite an unfortunate race for me. I managed to pass two cars at the start, but then I got unlucky pitting right before the Safety Car and dropped to P14.

"I was pretty mad at the time, but I stayed focused and managed to come back through to P9."

Gasly praises "entertaining" battle with Stroll

One of the highlights of the race for Gasly was his scrap with the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll.

"I had a nice battle with Lance which I enjoyed," he explained.

"It was pretty intense on a track like this, but in the end I got the best of him."

All in all, the one-time race winner came away pleased with his result after a challenging few days for AlphaTauri in Melbourne.

"Objectively, it's been a tough weekend for us, so I think we can be quite happy with the result and to leave with two points," Gasly commented.

"I still feel like we've got a few things to improve on. We've got some new parts coming in the next few races, so we've got to keep up with the others if we want to keep fighting for these positions.

"We would like to be a bit further up in the order, so we'll keep pushing."

Gasly's teammate Yuki Tsunoda struggled for pace during the Grand Prix, and ended the day down in 15th after starting from 13th place.

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