Alpine's Pierre Gasly believes it isn't fair to criticise the entertain value of the 2023 Formula 1 season and says "more time" is needed to give a judgement.
Given Red Bull's dominance at the front and the close nature of the midfield battle, overtaking has been difficult in the five Grands Prix thus far, with DRS zones also being shortened by the FIA, although this is done using data from the 2022 races.
Gasly has been in the fight in the heart of the midfield, and says that while what happens in the Drivers' Championship fight is not something he pays much attention to, the quality of the racing should be given more time.
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Gasly calls for time
"If you go to the cinema and after 15 minutes the movie is s**t, and the last hour and a half is amazing, I don't think it is fair to make such claims [about the season being boring].
"I think you need to give the season slightly mote time, but the fight at the front personally, I don't really pay so much attention to the championship battle, because that is not where we are fighting at the moment.
"In the midfield, let's say around the fourth, fifth, sixth position, it is extremely tight and every weekend you see these very close gaps and this keeps us alert every single weekend.
"We can't back off or have any day off because we look at the championship battle, I see a clear trend and Red Bull is quite dominant.
"Aston Martin, Ferrari and Mercedes are all going to bring upgrades, and then it might change, so we need to give it slightly more time.
"But I am personally more focused on our battles, and we do have some work to do."
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