Pierre Gasly admits he is annoyed to have lost an hour of running after being caught by surprise and crashing during the second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Red Bull enjoyed a strong start to testing on Monday when Max Verstappen completed 128 laps on the opening day — the team’s first official test day with Honda. Gasly was on his way toward the 100-lap mark on Tuesday when he spun at Turn 13 and hit the barrier with the rear of the RB15, something the Frenchman says caught him out.
“I was pushing the car to the limit and playing on the limits and went on throttle, lost the rear, and that was it,” Gasly said. “It caught me a bit by surprise but there is not much more you can do when it happens.
“Out of Turn 10 I went on the power and shifted to fifth and lost it. It was quite annoying to lose the hour of testing today.”
Despite his frustration at the way the day ended, Gasly says there were a number of good signs from his first day behind the wheel of a Red Bull-Honda.
“So far it has been really positive. We have tried a lot of different things in the car and the package that we have. Overall for my first day in the car I felt pretty comfortable so pretty positive.
“I think it’s too early to talk about expectations. At the moment we need to understand the overall performance of our package, it is quite important for us to have our first feedback and first impressions are quite good. We tested some really positive things, some others negative, and now we need to understand a bit more before having any expectations.”
Gasly would not be drawn on the performance of the Honda power unit but says the reliability was encouraging after Alex Albon completed 132 laps in the Toro Rosso on Tuesday.
“I think so far it’s been good. Also looking at Toro Rosso they’ve done a lot of laps so we need to use all the feedback but so far we are really happy with the job they have done.”