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In the round-up: Pierre Gasly says he is unable to explain why AlphaTauri have struggled compared to their midfield rivals in recent races

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No explanation for AlphaTauri’s midfield struggles, says Gasly

Pierre Gasly says he is unable to explain why AlphaTauri have struggled compared to their midfield rivals in recent races.

AlphaTauri currently sit in eighth place in the constructors’ championship on 27 points following a scoreless streak of five races. The tally is 57 points fewer than the team had accrued after 13 races last season.

Gasly said he could not explain why the team appears to be struggling to score points compared to their rivals in the midfield.

“I don’t fully have the answer for why we seem to struggle more than than other teams in the midfield, because I don’t think we are missing something in the core of the team,” Gasly said.

“That’s why I think it needs a bit of a step back and look at the whole situation and the bigger picture, what we’re all doing, aero-wise, which direction we do, how we decided to use the budget cap because I know since the start of the year we were already quite on the edge early on in the season. Is that the main reason? I don’t fully know. We’ll keep pushing and hopefully find some more bigger development items over the next few weeks.”

Giovinazzi to decide on Formula E future after “tough” debut season

Dragon Penske Formula E driver Antonio Giovinazzi says he will ponder his future in Formula E after this weekend’s season finale following a “tough” first year in the series.

The former Alfa Romeo F1 driver has failed to score a point throughout his campaign – the only driver in the championship still scoreless. Giovinazzi’s best finish of 16th came in the Monaco EPrix, while he secured third on the grid for the second London race before retiring after 19 laps.

“It’s been, for sure, a tough season,” said Giovinazzi. “It’s been difficult.

“It’s another championship, another car. The format is so hard also for a rookie. It was an experience, for sure. As I’ve said before, Formula E was the only car I’d never driven before in my career. I’ve driven so many cars before, but Formula E was the only one. But tough, for sure.

“We struggled a lot, the team, with the car – especially in the races, it’s quite hard. So for the future, we’ll see. After Korea we’ll see what is available, what is good for me and then I’ll decide.”

Quotes: Hazel Southwell

Ex-Schumacher 1991 Benetton B191 for sale

Michael Schumacher, Benetton B191, Adelaide, Australia, 1991

A 1991 Benetton B191 has been put up for sale with car auctioneers RM Sotheby’s. The chassis number B-191-02 was originally driven by Nelson Piquet, who used it to win the 1991 Canadian Grand Prix, his last career victory.

After Michael Schumacher’s impressive debut with Jordan at Spa-Francorchamps, the future seven-time champion signed to drive with Benetton where he completed the rest of the season, scoring four points over the final five rounds of the championship.

Benetton would finish the 1991 season in fourth place in the constructors’ championship on 38.5 points.

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