Despite the difficulties he and AlphaTauri faced throughout the 2022 F1 season, Pierre Gasly has avoided from looking back at missed chances.
In order to save his psychological wellbeing, Pierre Gasly reveals that he would like not to dwell on any missing opportunities to score in 2022.
Gasly and the AlphaTauri squad had a challenging season, as the Red Bull sister team dropped from P6 in the 2021 Constructors’ Championship to P9 in 2022.
Gasly also dropped from ninth place in the Drivers rankings the year before to fourteenth place the following year.
The Frenchman struggled to consistently finish within the points, and as a result, he picked up multiple penalties. As a result, he will start 2023, when he will make his first appearance for Alpine, with 10 penalty points.
Given that a racer receives a race ban if they collect 12 penalty points in a year, this increases his risk of receiving one.
Gasly does not want to dwell on the ups and downs of the year or the chances he didn’t take.
Gasly: This year has been incredibly challenging
Gasly told the media, including RacingNews365.com, “If you look back over 22 races, you will find [missing] points [easily].”
“But I’ve learned [that], for our own mental health in F1, it’s better not to look back at all the missing points, otherwise you’re getting to depression very fast.”
Gasly does acknowledge that AlphaTauri could have had a better year in what turned out to be a difficult one.
“I think, for us, we could have done a better job on some occasions,” he continued.
“Clearly for us, it’s been an extremely difficult year. Sometimes [we’ve made] mistakes on our side, sometimes [we’ve been] unlucky, but it’s been a very challenging year.”
In 2023, Gasly will leave the team after six seasons to race alongside Esteban Ocon for Alpine, while Nyck de Vries will take Gasly’s place at AlphaTauri alongside current driver Yuki Tsunoda.
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