September 11, 2020 | News | No Comments
Pierre Gasly was flooded with congratulatory messages after his shock win at Monza last weekend, but a call from one Sebastian Vettel carried a special meaning.
Gasly’s maiden win was a sweet revenge for the Frenchman who was demoted mid-season in 2019 to Red Bull’s ‘B’ team – Scuderia AlphaTauri.
However, the bulls’ top brass were the first to take their hats off to the young charger’s outstanding performance at Monza.
“Helmut congratulated me in Monza, he sent me a text, similar for Christian. They were both really happy with my success,” recounted Gasly.
But the 25-year-old was also welcomed to a very small club by Vettel.
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“At Toro Rosso, as Seb mentioned to me on Monday when he called me, [we are] the only two to have won with this team.
“He won in 2008 and went to Red Bull to win four championships, as we know. I’m really happy to have joined him in this winner club for this team.
“It feels very special after winning that race,” he added.
“I guess [as] for every F1 driver it’s first of all a dream since I was a kid and probably when I look back from the moment I was six years old I started to watch Formula 1 and look at Michael [Schumacher] on the top step of the podium and telling my parents ‘ok, I want to be like this guy one day’.
“A lot of things have happened from six years old to now 24 years old and making this happen in Monza. A lot of hard work, a lot of sacrifices and a lot of people on board helping me to make this happen.
“Every driver wants to live these kind of emotions and to live this moment one day was really particular and special for me. With AlphaTauri as a midfield team it’s not something you expect, I think it just made that win even more powerful and even more special.”
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Gasly’s win was a form of motorsport poetic justice for the first Frenchman to win a Grand Prix since Olivier Panis at Monaco in 1996, and that wasn’t lost on Monza’s winner.
“After everything that happened over the last 18 months, I felt there were things which were not so fair and I wanted to make my answers on track,” said.
“I never came in the media [to vent his frustrations] because I felt like it wasn’t professional and, even though I did agree with a few things that were said.
“I just keep it for me and said ‘ok, just focus on your performance, focus on yourself, day after day, race after race’ and just try to improve myself as an athlete, as a person as a driver and put strong performances on the track.
“Obviously, the podium last year in Brazil was already amazing, we didn’t expect that, and then just a couple of months later to get my first win with AlphaTauri was probably the best answer.
“But at the moment I think it’s important to enjoy it with the team, AlphaTauri, and we’ll see what opportunities it brings for the future.”
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