Pierre Gasly says that he was in severe pain in the closing stages of Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, in which he finished eighth.
Having qualified P9, Gasly suffered the misfortune of pitting just before the deployment of the Safety Car during the Grand Prix, dropping him out of the top 10.
The Frenchman nevertheless recovered to take his first points of the 2022 season, but revealed afterwards that he was struggling with intense pain over the last few laps.
"It's been the most painful last 15 laps of my entire career," Gasly told media including RacingNews365.com.
"I don't know what's happened with my intestine, but I was dying inside the car. I was screaming because of pain.
"I had the feeling like every left turn there was someone stabbing me on the inside the intestine, so it was not nice. The last five laps, it was just about surviving.
"I was just massively in pain so I was just counting the laps to the end. That's why I'm happy we managed to finish the race in P8."
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Reliability woes for AlphaTauri
Fellow AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda suffered technical problems on both Saturday and Sunday, and failed to even start the race.
Gasly himself was struck down with reliability woes at the previous weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, though the Frenchman said he was confident in his team's ability to solve any mechanical issues.
"I must say, reliability-wise, [it's been] very difficult since the first weekend," Gasly explained.
"Testing went so well, we were confident. We lost some points in Bahrain on my side, and now today Yuki didn't qualify, and he didn't even take the start.
"So, as a team, [it's] obviously quite painful to see that. But I'm confident within the team to find the solutions.
"We've been very reliable last year and the past few years but clearly, it's been quite tough these first few weekends."
With a brace of eighth place finishes, AlphaTauri currently sit seventh in the Constructors' Championship after two races, ahead of McLaren, Aston Martin and Williams.
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