Gasly "disappointed with myself" for performance in Austrian GP Q3

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says he is "disappointed" with himself after making an error on his final run in Austrian Grand Prix qualifying

Gasly "disappointed with myself" for performance in Austrian GP Q3

Gasly has looked stronger during the Red Bull Ring weekend than at his home race in France last weekend, and was just over six tenths off the pace in Saturday's first two qualifying segments.

But his best lap in the final part of qualifying was two tenths down on the time he managed in Q2 and restricted him to an eighth-place starting slot.

"Overall there were a lot of positives, and also in qualifying, but just disappointing not to put things together when it really mattered in Q3," said Gasly.

"I managed to have some decent pace this weekend, but just this afternoon in the last run when it mattered I didn't do it. [I'm] just upset with myself.

"We tried to find some consistency, managed to put some good laps in in qualifying, things were going well, I felt good with the car.

"And then Q3, the first run wasn't ideal and the second run, I arrived in Turn 1 and lost the car on the entry, just went over the kerb, and lost four tenths up to Turn 3.

"After that, the rest of the lap was good, but it was just a mistake in Turn 1 that cost me the fifth place.

"I'm quite disappointed with myself with the mistake into Turn 1."

Gasly was a tenth slower than McLaren's Lando Norris, who will start Sunday's race fifth due to a penalty for Kevin Magnussen.

The Frenchman is convinced he should have qualified ahead of Norris and the two Alfa Romeos, which he said "would've been pretty satisfying after a pretty good weekend".

"It's just a shame [to end up eighth], but I don't think it shows the potential we had since the beginning of the weekend," said Gasly.

"So now we need to look at tomorrow and just recover the positions I didn't make today."

Gasly again diverged from team-mate Max Verstappen on tyre strategy in Q2 and will the start the race on the soft, but did not think that will be as much of a hindrance as it was at Paul Ricard.

"We kind of spoke about [starting on the medium] before qualifying, but then Q1 went well and we don't really think there's a massive advantage with the medium," Gasly explained.

"We know it's going to be really hot, it's going to be quite a long race, it's not going to be easy for anyone.

"I think the Ferraris start on the soft, only a few drivers [ahead] will start on medium."

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