Pierre Gasly blames car damage due to clash with Lewis Hamilton for poor Abu Dhabi GP finish
French Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly has blamed a clash with seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton for the damage to his car, which led to a poor finish in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
Gasly, who drives for the AlphaTauri team, said that the collision with Hamilton during the race caused significant damage to his car, resulting in a lack of performance towards the end of the race. The incident occurred early in the race when Gasly and Hamilton made contact, causing damage to Gasly’s front wing.
“I think the damage from the incident with Lewis really compromised the rest of my race,” Gasly said. “I had to pit earlier than planned to change the front wing, which put me at a disadvantage for the rest of the race.”
Despite his best efforts, Gasly was unable to recover from the setback and finished in 13th place. He expressed his frustration with the outcome, as he felt confident in his car’s performance prior to the incident.
“It’s disappointing to finish the season on such a low note, especially when I felt like we had the pace to do much better,” Gasly added.
Meanwhile, Hamilton, who finished the race in third place, acknowledged the incident with Gasly and apologized for the clash.
“I had a bit of a coming together with Pierre at the start, which was really unfortunate. I’m sure it wasn’t intentional,” Hamilton said.
Gasly’s disappointing finish in Abu Dhabi capped off what has otherwise been a successful season for the 25-year-old driver. He achieved his first Formula 1 win at the Italian Grand Prix earlier this year and has consistently displayed strong performances throughout the season.
With the 2022 Formula 1 season on the horizon, Gasly will be looking to put the Abu Dhabi disappointment behind him and focus on regaining his form for the upcoming season.