Formula 1’s all-new regulations may have bunched up the midfield, but Pierre Gasly says the sport’s top three teams are now in a “different world”.
Introducing all-new regulations this season aimed at levelling the playing field, while it has made the racing more interesting, the same two teams – Red Bull and Ferrari – have won week in and week out.
In fact only four teams have featured on the podium with Mercedes bagging a handful and Lando Norris P3 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Gasly, who has yet to break into the top-six in qualifying with his closest attempt being a P7 on the Miami grid, fears the top three outfits are further out of reach than ever before.
“I think if you look from fourth-fastest to probably the last actually, I think we all bunched up quite a lot, but the top three is a different world,” he told Autosport.
“Even last year, I got excited many times because I could outqualify a Ferrari, sometimes the Red Bulls, sometimes Mercedes.