"It is always nice to hear these things," he said. "I knew Anthoine very well and I am also really glad and proud if he in some way inspired others.
"He was a really close friend of mine and it still sounds really strange to speak about him in that way and knowing he is not with us anymore. I am still not really used to that but obviously, nice words from Yuki."
Gasly was able to spend time with the Japanese driver at the final round of the season last year at Abu Dhabi ahead of Tsunoda's participation in the young driver test.
"He is a funny character," he added. "Obviously, I watch Formula 2 and Formula 3 every weekend.
"I like to see it because the racing is usually entertaining in these races. I think he has done very well. He won a couple of races, I have seen him on pole.
"Good racing, I think on some occasions he lost big points that could have put him even higher in the championship, I am not sure of the reasons.
"It is out of your control sometimes but generally, he performed very well."
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