Outperforming Gasly has his head 'in the best place' – Button

Jenson Button is impressed with Pierre Gasly’s 2021 season to date, insisting the AlphaTauri driver is outperforming many prime drivers due to now having his head “in the best place”.

Gasly’s roller-coaster experience with Pink Bull began firstly of the 2019 season when the younger Frenchman was promoted to a plum driver with Pink Bull Racing.

However disappointing outcomes compelled Pink Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko to demote Gasly again to Toro Rosso after the summer time break that yr, when he crossed paths with Alex Albon.

However Gasly picked himself up and carried out effectively in 2020 earlier than taking his efficiency to the following stage this season, having to date scored 50 of his crew’s 68 factors within the Constructors’ standings, additionally reaching a podium end in Azerbaijan.

Button believes the Frenchman is surrounded by the best individuals in his setting at AlphaTauri, and his skilled entourage is having a optimistic impression on his mindset.

“I went via actually robust instances and it’s [about] having that community of individuals round you that actually helps,” the 2009 F1 world champion mentioned on The Excessive Efficiency podcast.

“To not blow smoke up your bottom, however to let you know what you are able to do and to remind you of what you’ve achieved prior to now and the way arduous you’ve labored for this.

“Components 1 is a psychological sport. Just about each man on the grid is tremendous proficient, it’s simply if their head is in the best house [to perform].

“Pierre Gasly… jumps in a Pink Bull and will get annihilated in a Pink Bull. Jumps again within the AlphaTauri, as it’s now, and take a look at him.

“He’s out-performing so many of those prime drivers on the grid as a result of his head is in the best place, and the individuals round him are serving to him obtain as a result of they’re placing him in that proper headspace.”

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Assessing his season year-to-date, Gasly says the begin to his 2021 marketing campaign was notably sturdy.

“I feel it is in all probability the very best begin of the season I’ve ever had in Components 1,” he mentioned. “It was actually profitable.

“We clearly managed to safe one podium in Baku already this yr, which was the spotlight of those first races.

“I feel we have had nice Saturdays, nice qualifying, placing the automotive in Q3 for a lot of the races, and this was a fantastic achievement.

“I feel on Sundays, [we’ve] began not as nice, and I feel we have made progress and managed to struggle some fairly quick automobiles, generally the McLarens, generally the Ferraris.”


AlphaTauri is at present sixth within the Constructors’ championship, however Gasly believes the Italian outfit is within the working for P5.

“We are able to see our battle within the championship shaping up race after race with Aston and Alpine,” he added.

“We’re combating for the fifth place within the Constructors’ Championship, which is one thing which has by no means occurred for the crew, so it simply reveals we’re having a great yr, and it is one in every of my private targets to deliver the fifth place to those guys and this shall be a primary.

“So it is a fairly thrilling season to date for us.”

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