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Formula 1 2022 has a major weakness that is “a bit sad”, says Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly is concerned about the lack of diversity brought about by the new regulations. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

AlphaTauri Pierre Gasly is disappointed with the lack of variety that the new era of Formula 1 technical regulations has thrown up so far in 2022 and says the fact that no more teams can compete at the top is “a bit sad” be.

The Frenchman sits a low 14th in the Drivers’ Championship after the first seven rounds of the season, struggling with a car that has fallen behind on the grid since last season.

The field has been shaken this season after F1 experienced the biggest rule change in a generation over the winter, with all ten teams forced to redesign their machines from the ground up as ground effect aerodynamics were introduced for the first time since the 1980s was reintroduced years ago.

The changes should bring the field closer together and allow cars to follow each other more easily, meaning drivers can compete harder.

So far the changes have been largely positively received, with tactical battles for the lead between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc in the opening races of the season being strong evidence that following and fighting is indeed becoming more common.

Every team has scored points in at least two races so far this season, but the goal of even more riders chasing wins and podiums hasn’t materialized yet. So far, only Verstappen, Leclerc and Sergio Perez have won races, while Lando Norris is the only non-Red Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes driver to have finished on the podium.

“I expected the field to tighten up – which I think happened in midfield,” Gasly said. “I think if you look from fourth fastest to probably last place, I think we really all tied together quite strongly.

“But the first three are a different world. Already last year I was excited a lot because I was able to beat Ferrari, sometimes Red Bull, sometimes Mercedes – I felt like those top 3, they were faster but they weren’t in such a different league that sometimes you could annoy them. There’s no way this year.’

For Gasly, whose contract with AlphaTauri runs until the end of 2023, only Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas could disrupt the front of the field and a solution must be found.

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Pierre Gasly remains a Red Bull junior driver. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

“There’s clearly a big step in between – only Bottas can challenge them at times. But they are on their own and we are literally fighting for seventh place. Which is a bit sad because the goal was clearly to close.

“So I hope that we can find a solution for the years to come because that is the goal and that is what we are all pushing for [for] as a driver. We want the riders to have a greater impact and impact on the bottom line.”

26-year-old Gasly is two places and five points younger than teammate Yuki Tsunoda in the standings.

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