Gasly spurred on for home race by error-free run

In the round-up: Pierre Gasly hopes to carry his recent form into his home race this weekend.

In brief

Gasly aims to improve Paul Ricard form

Gasly heads to Paul Ricard following a strong sixth place ahead of Lewis Hamilton in Monaco and a third career podium finish in Azerbaijan. The AlphaTauri driver said avoiding errors has been key to his progress since the start of the season.

“Earlier in the year we had some good Saturdays, although Sunday didn’t always go as well, but the last two races we did an excellent job with no mistakes,” said Gasly. “It was just what we needed and to be rewarded with a third-place podium is super.”

However he admitted his track record in his home race is not strong. “To be honest, I’ve not done anything special at Paul Ricard in the past. In my first F1 race here I collided with Ocon and had to retire on the opening lap and in 2019 it wasn’t a fantastic weekend and I ended up 10th.

“Actually, Baku was another track that had never gone well for me until this year and so I’m hoping we can follow the trend and change that this weekend also.”

VeeKay may miss Road America

VeeKay won the Indianapolis Grand Prix last month

Rinus VeeKay’s participation in this weekend’s IndyCar race at Road America is in doubt. His Ed Carpenter team confirmed he injured his clavicle in a cycling accident on Monday. He has no other injuries and is being treated by IndyCar’s medical team.

Ricard “a joy to drive” in places – Russell

Paul Ricard is much-maligned for its vast expanses of asphalt run-off, but the track is not without its challenges, says George Russell. The Williams driver is impressed by the Double-Droit de Beausset – more prosaically known as ‘turn 11’.

“Paul Ricard is a very tricky circuit with numerous different types of corner,” said Russell. “Turn 11 is one of the most challenging physically, both on the driver and on the car, on the entire calendar and is a joy to drive.”

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On this day in F1

Patrese delivered the first win for Williams’ FW14 today in 1991
  • 30 years ago today Riccardo Patrese led a one-two for Williams in the Mexican Grand Prix for Williams after passing team mate Nigel Mansell. Ayrton Senna, who finished almost a minute behind, was the only other driver on the lead lap.

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