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Gasly: Unexpected podium 'why I love motorsport'

  • Published on 22 Nov 2019 11:03
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  • By: Dieter Rencken & Fergal Walsh

Pierre Gasly says his unexpected podium finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix demonstrated why he loves motorsport.

Gasly started the race from P6, and looked to be in contention for a podium finish as he was running in third place with two laps left to run.

Lewis Hamilton made his way past him on the penultimate lap at the safety car restart, however Gasly was promoted to second place moments later when Hamilton collided with Alexander Albon

Speaking after the race, Gasly stated: "Just all the people that supported me and today with that result I just want to thank all these guys.

"I crossed the line with so many things going through my mind, many emotions as well. It's just incredible."

12 months ago, Gasly was gearing up for a switch to Red Bull Racing, however he only lasted half a season at the team due to poor performances alongside Max Verstappen.

Since rejoining Toro Rosso, the Frenchman has bagged five top-ten finishes, including his podium result in Sao Paulo last weekend. 

"The last few months [have been incredible], but also all the years and all the sacrifices since you're young you think about this day and when you first start watching Formula 1," Gasly said.

"You make it and go through so many things to get there and dream to get your first podium, you know I didn't really imagine it was going to happen in my second season with Toro Rosso.

"I just gave everything I had and kept working all the time trying to get more from myself the whole time. It's fantastic I don't know what to say and this is why I love motorsport and this kind of day is just amazing."

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  • To me more shocking than the Toro Rosso podium is that in a period during which Max got no less than 5 podiums, including 1 win, Pierre managed to be 4th once, at a race where Vettel took Max out and got penalised. Good for Pierre on this podium. Well deserved. He's been out driving Kvyat consistently. But my... what a strange story that his first podium was with Toro Rosso.

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    • Nov 23 2019 - 00:06
    • abhidbgt

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      Strange indeed.

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      • Nov 23 2019 - 01:59
    • Part of it could be that he didn't like the car. At all. Pierre seem to have a driving style very reliant on a car which follows his slightest command without reprecussion, and the main car seemingly isn't a particularly reliable partner. I'd pick a Dark Souls example, but since I discuss with normal functioning people, I'd describe the RBH car as that stunning lady what is a bit too flirtatious and demand a firm hand, while Pierre is more into shy girls (namely, the TRH car).

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      • Nov 23 2019 - 15:57

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