AlphaTauri was a surprising 2nd-fastest during this year’s pre-season testing, while Ferrari reportedly came in at third. Carlos Sainz in his SF21 was just 0.55s behind Yuki Tsunoda’s AT02.
Following the pre-season testing, Pierre Gasly reached out to Charles Leclerc, his good friend, to learn where the Maranello team actually stands.
A former Ferrari test driver, Marc Gene made claims stating that the team will have a decent power unit this season. The Frenchman believes the Maranello-based outfit may have been sandbagging through the weekend.
“I think Ferrari are kind of hiding and not showing too much. Compared to last year, I think they are clearly better. I discussed it with Leclerc after the test and we exchanged a couple of messages, talking but not too much, just trying to [laughing] have an idea!
“I think we are close to each other. I don’t know if they are ahead of us or if we are slightly ahead. But they have clearly made a step forward,” he further added.
Pierre Gasly believes McLaren could be a strong opponent
They caught everyone’s attending during testing, and Gasly believes the Woking-based outfit will pose a tough challenge.
“I think McLaren seem to be a very strong opponent and competitor at the moment, especially with a Mercedes engine. They seem to have managed to put a strong package together,” said the AlphaTauri driver.
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