Gasly "struggling to realise" maiden F1 win at Italian GP

Pierre Gasly was left "struggling to realise" his maiden Formula 1 victory after taking a shock win for AlphaTauri in the Italian Grand Prix

Gasly "struggling to realise" maiden F1 win at Italian GP

Gasly capitalised on a red flag stoppage to rise from 10th in the first stint to line up third on the grid for the restart behind Lewis Hamilton and Lance Stroll.

Gasly was able to pass Stroll at the start before inheriting the lead when Hamilton was forced to serve a stop-go penalty after entering the pit lane when it was closed during the first safety car period.

A late charge from McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr meant Gasly came under pressure entering the final lap, running less than one second ahead, but he was able to hold on and take the win by just 0.4 seconds.

"It's unbelievable," Gasly said after the race. "It was such a crazy race. We capitalised on the red flag. The car was fast out there, we had a pretty fast car behind us.

"I've been through so much in the space of 18 months. My first podium last year, I was already like wow with AlphaTauri, and now my first win in Monza. I'm struggling to realise [it]."

It marked Gasly's second podium finish in F1 following his second-place finish at last year's Brazilian Grand Prix for AlphaTauri.

The result also comes a little over a year since he was dropped by Red Bull and returned to Toro Rosso due to poor form.

Gasly paid tribute to the team's support and faith in him, having made his F1 debut for Toro Rosso back in 2017.

"I have no words," Gasly said. "This team have done so much for me. They gave me my first opportunity in F1, they gave me my first podium. Now they are giving me my first win.

"It's crazy, honestly. It's just crazy. I'm so happy. I can't thank them enough, everybody from AlphaTauri to Honda.

"It's a power sensitive track and we won the race out of all the Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault cars, so just an amazing day."

Gasly also became the first French driver to win a grand prix since Olivier Panis at Monaco in 1996, ending a 24-year drought.

"I've always said coming in F1 that's one thing we need to change, because it's been so long [since a Frenchman won]," Gasly said.

"I never expected that it would happen to us with AlphaTauri. We just kept focusing on ourselves since last year, working improving step by step.

"It's crazy, honestly. I'm just so happy."

shares
comments
F1 Italian GP: Gasly holds off Sainz to score maiden win in red-flagged race

Previous article

F1 Italian GP: Gasly holds off Sainz to score maiden win in red-flagged race

Next article

Sainz "halfway disappointed" to miss maiden win in Italian Grand Prix

Sainz "halfway disappointed" to miss maiden win in Italian Grand Prix
Load comments
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021