F1: Gasly's brilliant Mexico drive brings AlphaTauri level with Alpine
Updated: Nov 16, 2021
Another brilliant drive by Frenchman Pierre Gasly to finish a credible fourth at last weekend's Mexican GP has brought AlphaTauri right back into the fight with Alpine for fifth in the Constructors Championship.
While the battles between Mercedes and Red Bull, and then Ferrari and McLaren for third are taking the headlines, the battle to finish fifth has intensified after the Mexican GP.
Pierre Gasly delivered yet another strong result for the AlphaTauri squad to bring home 12 points for the team to bring them level with French outfit Alpine.
Gasly, with the help of team-mate Yuki Tsunoda who gave the Frenchman a tow in Qualifying, qualied in fifth. The Honda power unit working extremely well with Gasly 'best of the rest' behind the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers.
FLYING THE FLAG: Gasly secured a third top four finish of the season which brings his total to 86 points for the season so far with four rounds remaining
Gasly then avoided the first corner clash between Mercedes' Valterri Bottas and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo and then kept clear of the Ferrari's during the race to secure a brilliant fourth place.
After the race, Gasly hailed it had been a "fantastic day" at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
"We're equal on points with Alpine now. We'll keep pushing for that and looking at our work as a team. I think we have our chances and we'll fight until the end."
Team-mate Tsunoda was a victim of the first corner of the opening lap when the Japanese driver clashed with Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and Haas's Mick Schumacher.
While AlphaTauri secured 12 points, rivals Alpine were only able to pick up two points with Fernando Alonso finishing the race in ninth. A slow pit-stop for the Spaniard denied him a chance of fighting for further points.
LEVEL PEGGING: A great points haul and more consistency from AlphaTauri in the past few races have piled on the pressure of rivals Alpine
If AlphaTauri are to beat Alpine in the championship, it'll be a huge achievement for Red Bull's sister team but at the same time, it would be a huge dissapointment for Alpine in their first year in the sport.
Heading into this weekend's Brazilian GP, both teams are tied on 106 points with Gasly the highest driver from the two teams in the championship in 9th.