Vettel congratulated Gasly on joining 'Toro Rosso F1 winners' club'

AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly says Sebastian Vettel phoned to congratulate him after his Monza Formula 1 win for joining a "winners' club" for the team formerly called Toro Rosso

Vettel congratulated Gasly on joining 'Toro Rosso F1 winners' club'

Vettel won the same Italian Grand Prix event back in 2008 for the ex-Minardi squad, which was at that stage competing in its third F1 season after becoming Red Bull's 'junior' team.

Gasly's triumph came 12 years later, with Vettel taking four world titles and 38 further wins in the meantime at the 'senior' Red Bull squad - where Gasly raced for just 12 events in 2019 before his shock demotion back to Toro Rosso after registering a tough run of results - after being promoted at the end of 2008.

The topic of Gasly's Red Bull future was discussed at the pre-event press conference for this weekend's Tuscan GP, where he was asked what kind of feedback he had been given by Red Bull's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko since taking his triumph for AlphaTauri, the new moniker the energy drinks company has given its second squad to promote its in-house fashion brand.

"At the moment we didn't really have time to talk about all this, Helmut congratulated me in Monza, sent me a text, similar for Christian [Horner]," he replied.

"And yeah they were both really happy for my success.

"On what it's going to change for the future at the moment I didn't really think about all these [things] - I didn't discuss anything with them.

"But obviously in Toro Rosso, as Seb mentioned it to me on Monday when he called me, we're the only two to win with this team, and he won in 2008 and went with Red Bull to win four world championships as we know.

"And I'm really happy to have join him in this winners' club for this team.

"We will see what opportunities there will be in the future.

"But at the moment, I just want to take this time to celebrate with AlphaTauri, with this team.

"We still have many more races to go until the end of the year, and we need to make sure we perform at a very high level and the focus is on that at the moment."

Gasly also explained how his victory had significantly added to his schedule ahead of this weekend's race at Mugello, but said he had "no big concerns" about his preparations for the event.

"Obviously I realised that winning a Formula 1 grand prix - especially for the first time - you have quite a lot of solicitations in the coming days and it's been pretty mental, I must say," he added.

"I'm not going to lie, it's been very intense - I didn't really have any time for myself to sit down and even just realise what had happened.

"But it's something that happens once in a lifetime - things have to be done and it's part of my job, and it's my job to deliver again this weekend.

"I'm well aware of that, I've done all my preparations and I've trained really hard Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday even though it was really busy.

"I'm feeling fully ready for this weekend."

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