Motor racing-Gasly rides through pain for first points of season

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 19, 2022 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly after qualifying in tenth place REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

JEDDAH (Reuters) – AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly scored his first points of the Formula One season as he gritted his teeth at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Frenchman, who finished eighth for the Red Bull-owned team after abandoning his car in Bahrain the previous weekend, said the final laps in Jeddah had been a nerve-wracking experience.

“The last 15 laps I’ve never had so much pain, I don’t know what happened in my gut,” he told Sky Sports television. “The last 10 laps was like getting stabbed on every left corner.

“The toughest laps I’ve had…I’m just happy the race was over and we got those points.”

Gasly said he still felt bad after the race and had seen a doctor.

“It wasn’t a pleasant feeling, it was more like surviving than anything else.”

His Japanese teammate Yuki Tsunoda did not start the race after his car suffered an oil pressure problem on the way to the starting grid.

“On the pace side, we have to catch up, because currently we are not at the level we expected,” said team boss Franz Tost.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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