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Hamilton was struggling with his Mercedes – Gasly

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Hamilton was struggling with his car - Gasly

Gasly enjoyed the fight with Hamilton and believes following another car is much easier this year, he does believe though that the team still have plenty to work on.

Scuderia AlphaTauri enjoyed a strong final day of the Official Pre-Season Test at the Bahrain International Circuit, where both Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda got behind the wheel of the AT03.

Gasly was in the car first on the final day of pre-season, before the season kicks off back at Bahrain next weekend. The Frenchman completed a strong 91 laps with the best of those being a 1:34.865, enough for twelfth fastest by the close of the day. The highlight of Gasly’s day came in a mini-battle with Lewis Hamilton, the pair overtook each other multiple times in quick succession.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly comments on the ‘duel’ between him and Lewis Hamilton on the third day of the Bahrain pre-season test, and Mercedes’ performance struggles.

In the closing moments of the morning session of the final day of pre-season testing, Pierre Gasly and Lewis Hamilton were involved in a little wheel-to-wheel ‘duel’ for a few laps.

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Gasly says this experience seems to indicate that the new cars will be able to race more closely.

“Well, I was quite surprised to be fighting with Lewis for a couple of laps,” the Frenchman said.

“But it was entertaining. It was interesting also to follow and just to get some data and feeling following other cars.

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“So I think it’s clearly better than last year, which makes me quite optimistic in terms of racing for the season.

“It was better, clearly. We kind of overtook each other a couple of times, stayed close to each other, and it was definitely an improvement.

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“So I think racing should be quite fun this year.”

Gasly also noticed that Lewis was struggling with his car, something that both Lewis and his team-mate George Russell mentioned in their post-testing comments.

“I mean, we know on our side we have quite a lot of work to do to improve the performance, to improve the car balance.

“But clearly I could see Lewis was struggling as well and I think they do have some work to be fighting at the top.

“I think the conclusion is that Mercedes probably don’t look as good as they were in the past. But it’s only testing, it’s part of the test, and exploring how to get the best out of the car.

“But yes, in terms of racing it was clearly an interesting few laps, quite fun battles, and I think it should make all the races quite exciting for you guys this season,” Gasly concluded.

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F1 PRE-SEASON TESTING 2023
Bahrain
DateMorning SessionAfternoon Session
Day 123rd February8:00am – 12:00pm1:00pm – 5:00pm
Day 224th February8:00am – 12:00pm1:00pm – 5:00pm
Day 325th February8:00am – 12:00pm1:00pm – 5:00pm
2023 F1 Car Launches
TeamCar NameDate
HaasVF-2331 January
Red BullRB1903 February
WilliamsFW4506 February
Alfa RomeoC4307 February
AlphaTauriAT0411 February
Aston MartinAMR2313 February
McLarenTBA13 February
FerrariTBA14 February
AlpineA52316 February
MercedesW1416 February
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Bahrain 202305 Mar
BRITISH TIMESESSION
14:30 - 15:30Free practice 1
18:00 - 19:00Free practice 2
15:00 - 16:00Free practice 3
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Bahrain57 laps308.238 km
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1BahrainSakhir5th Mar.
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