AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly said he was “screaming in pain” during the final stages of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, explaining he felt like he was “dying in the car”.
Gasly finished in eighth place in the race, having been hampered by the safety car deployed just after his first pit stop.
“I have to say I’m really happy,” Gasly said, as reported by the-race.com.
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“It was very unlucky timing with the pit stop, when we boxed in, as soon as I came out of the pits I saw the safety car come out so I fell to 14th.
“We managed to get back to P8 so yeah I think we can be happy and from my side it was the most painful last 15 laps of my career.
“I don’t know what happened with my gut, but I was dying inside the car. I was screaming in pain and just happy the race was over, and we got managed to get 8th place.”
Gasly said the final laps of the race were all about getting to the finish.
“I felt like every left turn someone was stabbing me inside, in the gut, so it wasn’t nice.”
The AlphaTauri team struggled in the first two races of the season, with Yuki Tsunoda finishing eighth in Bahrain and Gasly eighth in Saudi Arabia. Tsunoda did not finish in Saudi Arabia.
The next race will be in Melbourne on April 10.
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