Gasly retires after radiator failure ruins his promising start

Pierre Gasly leaves Imola having registered a DNF after a problem with his car forced him to retire from the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

He had managed to make a good start from a brilliant fourth on the grid, pulling up alongside Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap but was then forced to lift when Hamilton shut the door on the outside.

Still, he kept up with Daniel Ricciardo for the remainder, and potentially would have had a shot at a podium had his race not ended prematurely.

Gasly only completed four laps before his team informed him over the radio that he was required to pit and retire from the race due to a radiator failure.

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Speaking after the race, Gasly admitted that it was a disappointing day: “This one is quite difficult to take.

“I had a great start and tried to go alongside Lewis, but he decided to close the door quite hard and I had to back off and lost one position to Daniel, but after that, I felt really good in the car and we were running in P5.

“The guys spotted a drop of water pressure on the laps to the grid before the race, they tried everything to fix it but unfortunately, we had to retire the car after a few laps.

“It’s very sad because there was a big opportunity for us today. The whole weekend went so well, it was the best practice and the best Qualifying we’ve had and the car felt very strong from the beginning.

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“It’s never nice to retire, but it’s especially tough here in Imola for our home race, because we knew there was a potential top-five result on the table.”

AlphaTauri Team Principal, Franz Tost, said, “Pierre got blocked by Hamilton before the first corner so Ricciardo was able to overtake him, which put Pierre back into fifth.

“Unfortunately, a radiator failure put a stop to his race. It’s a shame as I’m sure he could have achieved a very good result today.”