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Gasly more confident with AlphaTauri 'sharper' after French update


Gasly more confident with AlphaTauri 'sharper' after French update

Pierre Gasly said the update of the long-awaited AlphaTauri Formula 1 car had given him more confidence and made the car feel "a little sharper" up front.

AlphaTauri chose to wait until this weekend's French Grand Prix to debut its first major upgrade package for the AT03 car, causing it to miss out on many of its midfield rivals in recent weeks.

The team failed to score points in the last three races, a feat equaled only by Williams, but Gasly and team-mate Yuki Tsunoda both got the chance to run Friday's updated pack at Paul Ricard.

The upgrade is focused primarily on the floor, but also includes an updated diffuser and engine cover designed to offer greater aerodynamic load. Gasly ran a new pack in both sessions, finishing fifth in FP1 and seventh in FP2, while Tsunoda controlled it early on in FP2.

While Gasly is careful to draw definitive conclusions after just one day, the Frenchman is generally optimistic about the boost the renewal offers.

"Just looking at the rough picture of our day, obviously in terms of performance, we seem to be back in the top 10, fifth this morning and seventh this afternoon," said Gasly after FP2.

"In terms of feeling, right away in FP1, in terms of behavior and the way the car reacts, the handling on the track, there are a lot of positive signs with the new parts we've brought.

"I'm quite happy. It's pretty good to have this package also for my home races and with everyone around the track.

"Now we just need to work, try to understand from what we tested today, and put everything together for tomorrow's qualifiers."

Gasly says the front of the car is "a little sharper" and a little more direct in corners: and the car "sticks a little better."

"I have a bit more control in the car and what I can do, and that's great," added Gasly.

Asked if he had more confidence in the car thanks to the update, Gasly replied: “I would say so.

"It's not a question of confidence, it's that the car won't really react the way we want it to, and this I think we're taking a step forward."

Tsunoda said she “instantly felt the difference” when she used the new pack and it was “quite a bit, so I was quite happy.”

"I felt a clear increase in the load at moderate to high speeds, immediately that's a positive," he added.

"Obviously I got it from FP2, so it just means my driving and also balance, it might not be enough, but hopefully we can find those things in FP3, and aim for Q3 in qualifying."

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