Gasly 'surprised' Sauber haven't done better

Published on 22 Nov 2018 10:38

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly believes Sauber should be further ahead than they are in the constructor’s championship. The Swiss team are nine points ahead of Toro Rosso with just one race left in the 2018 season. 

Sauber has had a boosted season and is a sure candidate for the most improved team this year, tallying 37 more points than 2017 and frequently making entries into Q3. Charles Leclerc finished best of the rest two straight races in a row which helped produce a gap between the two teams. 

Gasly claims he’s “surprised” his team still have a chance of gaining a position in Abu Dhabi. His best result this season came in Bahrain when Toro Rosso surprised the paddock to finish fourth. 

“In a way, I’m surprised they didn’t score more points because it’s been quite a while since they were quite consistently in Q3. I think the fact that they’re working with Ferrari as well helped a lot with the development and [they] came with a lot of upgrades every weekend,” Gasly told RaceFans. 

Honda has been improving throughout 2018, and ahead of a new relationship with Red Bull next year, Toro Rosso sacrificed some better results. They’re now using the third spec Honda engine which is said to hold more power than Renault’s engine. 

Having scored just five points since the summer break between both drivers at Toro Rosso, Gasly is aware of how tough it’ll be to close down a nine-point deficit on Sunday in Abu Dhabi. 

“The car pace has been a lot stronger than it used to be at the beginning of the year. They are clearly really competitive and [it’s] not going to be easy at all to catch them in the championship. 

"But we kind of knew it [would] come at some point because based on the performance and the pace they show already since the middle of the season we knew it would be difficult to beat them,” Gasly added. 

Replies (6)
US mcbhargav 22 Nov 2018 11:500
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Read: 'I think, we did better job than Sauber, despite having a weaker car".
SE calle.itw 22 Nov 2018 14:570
Posts: 5898
Which seems to kinda be a halftruth. Apart from the Honda upgrades, STR has only really upgraded their car once this year. And STR has been running on a smaller budget. But that said, Sauber has done a lot of stuff to get to this point as of late, so they truly deserve a lot of praise.
US mcbhargav 22 Nov 2018 23:030
Posts: 800
Yep. Self promotion in a disguise.
US ajpennypacker 22 Nov 2018 16:540
Posts: 1508
Typical humble-brags from this prick. Perhaps he forgets the number of races he qualified in the top 10 all to finish outside the points. It's ok though. He'll definitely be exposed next year racing against Max in the same machinery.
SE calle.itw 22 Nov 2018 17:08+1
Posts: 5898
Ya, sadly the more he opens his mouth, the less I like him. Good thing Leclerc came along, at least one rookie that I can actually like.
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He's talking like Sauber started out this year on this level... It's called good development, which is also the difference between Sauber and Toro Rosso this year. Sauber has basically outdeveloped everybody. I have to agree that this guy's stock has fallen in my opinion. Seems like he's got a bit of douche in him.

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