The incident occurred in just one race after the Frenchman suffered a huge crash at the start of Saturday’s sprint race at Monza after his front wing got stuck under his front wheels following contact with the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo.
Gasly also lost a front wing following contact in the season opener in Bahrain.
Today’s incident occurred when Gasly crossed a “banana” sidewalk towards the end of the FP2 session, and the kite was instantly dislodged. He admitted that it was surprising that the contact caused the damage, and that his team might have to “revise” it.
“It looks like our front fenders are pretty fragile,” Gasly told Autosport. “[I lost one] with Daniel in Monza, also in Bahrain, and Yuki [Tsunoda lost one] in Monza too.
“I understeered a bit, so I was going to hit the curb right in the middle of the car, so I opened up to go behind, thinking it would be better. And in the end, the whole front wing is gone. So we have to see if we can do something about it, but that’s okay.
“In cases like this, bananas aren’t meant to destroy the car, just to slow you down. It was a little surprising. “
On a positive note, Gasly finished FP2 in third place, behind the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. Rain is expected on Saturday, so it is unlikely that there will be more dry running before Sunday’s race.
When asked if the performance was realistic, he replied, “I would say it’s encouraging. This morning I was P6, then P3 this afternoon. Obviously we know what could happen for the rest of the weekend with tomorrow and the conditions, and I think it’s really good to have a good time today.
Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri AT02
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“It wasn’t that easy, I didn’t feel as comfortable as usual in the car, a lot of work to do. But I think it’s quite difficult for everyone. Just happy that I managed to be strong in both sessions as it looks promising for the rest of the weekend.
With Max Verstappen heading towards the back of the grid due to a PU penalty, the third place on the podium behind the two Mercedes drivers has potentially opened.
“It always brings more opportunities because they start from the back,” Gasly said. “We know how quickly they usually catch up to the pace they have in the race.
“But nonetheless, I think we have a good chance to start in front, and potentially good points. So it’s encouraging for the rest of the weekend.
Gasly is determined to bounce back from a disastrous weekend at Monza, where his crash in the sprint was followed by an early retirement in the Grand Prix itself.
“For the whole team I have to say it was a big disappointment,” he said. “You know, a year after the win, everyone wanted to do well. Home race for all of us, and Yuki didn’t even compete in the race, I was out after one lap. So obviously a big disappointment.
“With hindsight, it hurts when you see how the race went after all the safety car, the accidents, etc. But we had the speed, we qualified sixth, ahead of the Ferraris, we were very quick in practice, we have a new engine in our pool.
“So there are still a lot of positives to be taken even though we didn’t get the payoff in the end, which is painful.”