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Gasly promises Alpine fightback: 'Baku was a one-off'

The Alpine driver had a weekend to forget in Azerbaijan after suffering from engine problems on Friday, then crashing out of qualifying.

Pierre Gasly wants to bounce back from "one-off" weekend in Azerbaijan, in which he started from the back and finished in P14. The Frenchman started off on the back foot when his Alpine caught fire with a fluid leak on Friday morning, preventing the team from gathering data from their update package. After the team managed to get the car back and rushed to fix it in time for qualifying which - owing to the unique Sprint race schedule - was a couple of hours away. They succeeded, but a mistake by Gasly on one of his timed laps put him in the wall. With teammate Esteban Ocon also starting at the back of the grid, it became a nightmare weekend for the Alpine as they desperately looked to right their double-DNF of Melbourne. "We are only a couple of days after Baku and it's important for all the team because we clearly want bounce back straightaway after the poor weekend in Baku and poor performance we showed," he told media, including RacingNews365.com . "We truly believe that we have way more potential and that it was a one-off weekend. I'm just happy to get back in the car straight away and get some more performance here."

Gasly: We know there is more in our package

Alpine's best team result so far was in Saudi Arabia, with both cars finishing in the points behind Ferrari in P8 and P9. Gasly also finished in the points in Bahrain and believes there is more to come, having not reached a full understanding of their upgrade package. "I think we all disappointed we all know there is much more in our package, as we showed in the start of the year," he explained. "We know that we want to get more performance, it's not like we were satisfied in the first few races. But we had an upgrade coming in Baku and we don't feel like we've been really able to display the entire potential. "We'll see this weekend, [we've] got quite a busy test plan in two practices and looking forward to see where that puts us on a more traditional format, like it is in Miami."

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