Pierre Gasly revealed that he nearly had to retire before the Belgian Grand Prix had begun due to an electrical problem on his car that developed on his way to the grid.
When the formation lap started there was a noticeable gap where Gasly’s AlphaTauri would’ve been parked, due to the team electing to start him from the pit lane.
Gasly was initially told by the team that he might not start the race, however seconds later his car fired back into life enabling him to line up at the end of the pit lane with teammate Yuki Tsunoda.
With a two-stop strategy, Gasly came from the back of the pack and finished 9th, aided by being able to move up the order due to the queue of cars behind Williams’ Alex Albon.
“I’m extremely pleased with the race we executed. I was fuming at the start of the race because we were lining up in the pits,” Gasly told Sky Sports F1.
“I’m not too sure exactly what’s happened but we had an electrical problem and the car would not switch on.
“We had to push the car back to the garage and at that time, they told me we may not take part in the race, and 90 seconds before the race start the car came alive again.”
Gasly surprised that he made it back into Top 10
The AlphaTauri driver said that he was surprised he made it back into the points considering the last few near-misses.
He believes the team made the right call to put him on the two-stop strategy, which enabled him to stay with the pace of those who were stuck for pace towards the end of the race.
Gasly added: “I’m even surprised that we made it back to the Top 10, especially after the last couple of races. I’m extremely happy about it.
“We definitely made the right calls in terms of strategy today; undercuts and being quite aggressive.
“I think Alex [Albon] did help us quite a bit towards the end of the race by blocking the others, so we just managed to benefit from fresh air, use the pace of the car when I was alone on track and make the right strategy call.”