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“We’re just not doing a good enough job at the moment,” says Gasly after Q1 exit RaceFans

Pierre Gasly lost his words after a red flag caused by his teammate led to his elimination in the first round of qualifying yesterday.

The AlphaTauri driver, who has never placed below seventh in practice, will start today’s Monaco Grand Prix from 17th.

“I’m extremely disappointed,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans after yesterday’s qualifying session. “I don’t think I can put into words how I feel right now because the whole weekend has been so good.

“I was P5 this morning, P6 [in first practice] yesterday. Every time I got out, I felt great in the car. I was just comfortable doing the first few times. »

After a good start to qualifying, Gasly had to race again at the end of Q1 to secure a place in the next lap, after his team-mate raised a red flag when he hit a barrier at Nouvelle Chicane.

However, not all the drivers were able to leave the pits early enough to start their final laps before the clock ran out. As Tsunoda came to the line with moments to spare, Gasly saw the lights turn red just before crossing the timing line.

“I just don’t understand some of the choices we make,” he admitted. “Obviously there’s a bit of bad luck in there, it’s a mixture of different circumstances. But at the end of the day, it was the same session for everyone.

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“When you decide to only do two laps, when I finished my second lap I’m P4, P5, it was good. Obviously everyone stayed on track and we decided to go in.

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“Then after there was a red flag, I came out of the pit lane too late. Yuki passed [the line by] one second and i think i missed it [by] two seconds. Basically, I had no representative lap times.

“Our mistakes are costing us dearly and unfortunately weekend after weekend it’s starting to be very disappointing for everyone in the team.”

Gasly said he wasn’t convinced the red flag was even necessary, calling it a “questionable” decision. “I still don’t really understand why he was there.

“But at the end of the day you can say there was a red flag for everyone, there was equal time for everyone and we weren’t on the race track. So obviously if you you’re not on the race track, you’re not setting a lap time.

“There are a lot of things we need to review,” he added. “But I think the bottom line is that we’re just not doing a good enough job at the moment.

“When we have a car to finish P5, P6 qualifying, I just don’t understand how we end up in such positions. We just need to do a better job.

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