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Pierre Gasly

Gasly: There are worse F1 teammate relationships than me and Ocon

Pierre Gasly feels that too much attention has been given to his relationship with new Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon, following tensions between the two in the past.

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Pierre Gasly believes there are "worse" teammate relationships in F1 than his with fellow Alpine driver Esteban Ocon.

Following the announcement of Gasly's arrival at the team for the 2023 season, much discussion arose over the fact that he would be partnered with Ocon, a driver he previously shared tensions with stemming from their younger days.

However, both have since voiced their confidence that the relationship will not pose any issues going forwards, and Gasly feels that the matter has been given too much attention.

"To me, it's a topic which is way too much talked about," Gasly told Autosport/Motorsport.com.

"We get on well. Okay, we are not best friends, but we get on.

"We did some events, we speak to each other, and when I look down the paddock, the relationship between other teammates, I think there are definitely [some] worse than us.

"If you want to discuss about me and Esteban, you can probably talk about the relationship between 60 per cent of the guys down the paddock. So no, we're fine."

Gasly: Ocon is an extremely good driver

Gasly – who arrives at the team from AlphaTauri – feels that the rivalry between himself and Ocon will be a "healthy" one and has praised his new teammate's recent track record.

"I know that he's an extremely good driver," Gasly said.

"He showed it with Fernando [Alonso]. He [was] on par with Fernando in the championship for the points, so he's obviously performing very well.

"At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter who is next to me. I want to be the best in Formula 1, and to be the best in Formula 1, you've got to face whoever is racing in this paddock.

"For me it's great. He knows the team. I know he's fast. And that's what you need as well as a teammate, to push the team forward and make the step that we have to make over the next few years."

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