Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri finished 8th in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday, earning his maiden points of the 2022 Formula One season. However, near the end of the race, the Frenchman confessed that he was in excruciating discomfort.
Pierre Gasly claims he was in excruciating discomfort in the last laps of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday, where he placed ninth.
After qualifying ninth, Gasly had the disadvantage of pitting just before the Grand Prix’s deployment of the Safety Car, knocking him out of the top ten.
Despite recovering to score his first points of the 2022 season, the Frenchman admitted later that he had been in excruciating discomfort over the last several circuits.
“It’s been the most painful last 15 laps of my entire career,” Gasly told media.
“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.”
Reliability woes for AlphaTauri
Yuki Tsunoda, another AlphaTauri driver, had technical issues on both Saturday and Sunday and did not even run the race.
Gasly himself had reliability concerns in the Bahrain Grand Prix the previous weekend, but the Frenchman expressed confidence in his team’s efforts to address any technical 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.”
After two races, AlphaTauri stands seventh in the Constructors’ Championship, ahead of McLaren, Aston Martin, and Williams, with a pair of eighth-place results.
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