Pierre Gasly has described the straight-line speed of rivals Alpine as "pretty scary" after Fernando Alonso ended Friday's second practice session fourth fastest at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Alonso was the quickest through the speed traps behind the wheel of a car that was lapping faster than the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz during FP2.
Gasly was sixth fastest as he targets a spot on the third row for Sunday's Grand Prix, with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton both behind him on another difficult day for Mercedes.
"I think we are in the mix and we are not alone," Gasly told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"I'm quite impressed with Alonso, I must say, and the straight-line speed [of the Alpine]. Out of the last corner, we are losing three or four tenths to him.
"I need to check if he had a tow because it was pretty scary!"
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Gasly: We're up there
Gasly admits he is not getting carried away by his impressive practice lap times, after a strong Friday in Monaco was followed by a nightmare Saturday for the Frenchman.
But should he find a way to replicate his practice pace during qualifying, Gasly thinks that AlphaTauri can be in the fight.
"We're up there, Alonso is up there, Mercedes are up there and we know that [Lando] Norris, when it comes to qualifying, is always up there," he added.
"I don't want to get too excited because the Friday in Monaco was amazing and we know what happened then – but so far it's been a good day."
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