AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly believes the Bahrain Grand Prix will throw up an "unusual" spectacle as teams opt for different strategies as a result of high levels of tyre degradation at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Gasly has been in a rich vein of form this year and the Frenchman carried this into qualifying, securing eighth place on the grid, missing out on the top five by only one-tenth.
With degradation levels proving to be high across the weekend so far, Gasly was asked if AlphaTauri could go against the grain and attempt an audacious one-stop strategy.
"No," he replied without hesitation. "This for sure I can tell you. But I think it's going to be quite an unusual race tomorrow in terms of strategy.
"A lot of teams have done different things with their tyre allocations, some with two primes [left]. So I think we are going to see some different things but we have our cards to play and I think we should be in a good position for the race."
Gasly had been higher up in the pecking order ahead of qualifying and conceded to being frustrated that such small margins have demoted him from a possible fifth down to eighth on the grid.
"I think we can call it a good quali. It is still one of our strongest of the year in P8. Obviously, looking at the gap ahead I think there was a tenth to P5 and maybe two-tenths to P4, so [that] always makes it a bit frustrating but I think I was happy with the lap.
"We are in the mix for some good points tomorrow and that is the most important thing."