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Grosjean 'very, very happy' to see Gasly's podium result

  • Published on 19 Nov 2019 15:17
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Romain Grosjean says he is "very, very happy" to see his compatriot Pierre Gasly claim his maiden podium finish on Sunday in Brazil.

Gasly crossed the line in second place for Toro Rosso, picking up places when a number of front-runners ran into trouble. 

On the run-up to the finish line, Gasly was in a drag race with Lewis Hamilton, who came home in third- however he picked up a five-second time penalty which bumped him to seventh.

Grosjean was the last Frenchman to take a podium finish, with his latest coming in 2015, when he overtook Sebastian Vettel on the penultimate lap in Belgium. 

"First of all, I am very very happy for Pierre," Grosjean beamed. "It was super good to see him on the podium so I am very happy for him.

"I was the last Frenchman to stand there four years ago so. Once Olivier Panis told me 'are you going to win that bloody race?' We were talking about May 96 [Monaco GP, Panis' only F1 win], no we are going to speak about Brazil 2019."

Haas not getting 'any luck' in the races

Grosjean started the Brazilian Grand Prix from seventh on the grid, while teammate Kevin Magnussen was behind him in ninth.

The 34-year-old failed to secure points for Haas, blaming the timing of the first safety car and the difficulty he had with the tyres at the restart.

"For us, we just don't seem to get any luck," he said. "We had the race of our life, we were hanging in P7 in a car that doesn't deserve to be in P7 and we had an amazing chance and the bloody safety car came at the wrong time so what could we do.

"We had tyres that were 70 degrees at the restart and we knew we could go to the end. Sainz pushed me wide at the start at turn 2 and I wasn’t too happy about that but my tyres were just gone so. I knew it, it was just the wrong time for us."

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  • JuJuHound

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    Monaco 1996.... how many drivers finished this race... 5? I remember Damon blewing his engine going out of the tunnel... man this was distaster
    But I remember Panis and this giant French flag. This was his day and then he broke his legs in Canada ruining his career. To bad I liked this guy

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    • Nov 19 2019 - 15:32
  • I do not like people playing that patriot, or national card. Cheering in sports for someone from the same country, I never got into that. Following that logic I would be supporting Verstappen and Kubica. But I am always convinced that in a sports without national teams it's about style and behaviour on track that ought to be key: I always felt attracted to that touch of class, touch of arrogance from Ferrari and I don't really care who's in it: Alboreto, Berger, Alesi, Schumacher, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Massa, Alonso, Vettel or Leclerc - it's all the same. I don't look at the flag or the passport and I think it's wrong when people do.

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    • Nov 20 2019 - 10:48
    • JuJuHound

      Posts: 352

      I was so angry at Schumacher letting go Vettel in Brazil back in 2013 to help him win the title. This was f annoying

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      • Nov 20 2019 - 12:19

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