Pierre Gasly may have scored his best-ever result in the Formula 1 Drivers' Championship in 2021, having finished in ninth with 110 points, but the Frenchman has admitted that he still feels some disappointment.
Having become a race winner in 2020 with AlphaTauri, last season didn't produce quite the same level of peaks, though Gasly became a frequent flyer in the upper midfield and was a regular star in qualifying.
Heading into the 2022 season, for a third successive full campaign with the team, Gasly said he's identified further areas he can improve, despite being "very satisfied" with his performances.
"There's a little room for improvement everywhere," he said in an interview with Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.
"As a driver, I see it this way: we can compare ourselves to a normal business [where] there are different departments. [There is] the marketing, communication, management, production [and] you can always get more out of all of these areas.
"Whether it's preparation, rest, nutrition, planning, maximising your energy during race weekends, the way you work with the engineers. [Also] the constancy, making no mistakes, making the right decisions every time you start... the tyre management."
Gasly overlooked by Red Bull again
With Sergio Perez struggling for form and consistency throughout 2021, Gasly's name became linked with a promotion back to Red Bull two years on from his demotion from the senior team.
While Perez hit trouble, Gasly even occasionally out-qualified Perez in the supposedly slower machine, and he was asked about being overlooked for the second Red Bull seat for 2022.
"My desire, my will to fight for World Championships is very strong," he explained.
"I'm in Formula 1 to fight at the top. That motivates me to keep improving. I won't lie, it's hard to deliver a season like this. When I then compare myself with those who were given the opportunity to take a Red Bull seat, that's disappointing.
"Based on the numbers and results, I delivered a better performance than anyone else on this team.
"At the end of the day, however, I didn't get the recognition and reward for this. It's hard to swallow. That, of course, disappoints me. I know what I want to achieve in this sport. I want to fight at the top, and that hasn't changed.
"I keep going full throttle and believe in myself. I hope that the AlphaTauri will be just as good as it was this season, despite the change in the regulations."
A confident Gasly said that he aims to reach new heights in 2022.
"You will experience the best Pierre Gasly ever in Formula 1!" he declared.
"I also feel that, the more experience I get, I get a better understanding of everything that is going on around me. I'm much more in control of things. I know exactly what I want from the car and from the team.
"I believe that, year after year, it will get better and better."
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