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Maiden victory for Pierre Gasly in a dramatic home Italian GP for Alpha Tauri

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Its always nice when things happen differently. Something similar happened at the Italian GP. Pierre Gasly secured a victory at the Italian edition of Grand Prix to claim his first ever race win in what was said to be one of the most chaotic races in the history of Formula1.

“It was such a crazy race,” said Gasly.
“Honestly, it’s unbelievable, I’m not sure I’m realizing what’s happening right now,” Pierre Gasly told Sky Sports after the race of Italian GP.

“I have been through so much in the space of 18 months, my first podium last year and now the win in Monza … I am struggling for words. This team have given me so much, they gave me my first opportunity in F1, my first podium and now my first win,” he said.

 

“It is just amazing day,” he added. “I have said since I came into Formula 1 that we need another French winner after the last in 1996, but I never expected it to come like that.”

 

For the first time since 2012, the podium did not feature drivers from Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari.

This was the first French winner in about 24 years, who had the cards fall into their hands and they played it well. Despite the desperate efforts from Carlos Sainz of McLaren the Frenchmen held his nerves and kept him at bay the latter finishing second and with Racing Pointā€™s Lance Stroll completing the podium.

 

ā€œCongratulations to Pierre,ā€ said Hamilton after the race, ā€œI think thatā€™s an amazing result, considering he was dropped from the top team, from Red Bull ā€“ unfairly I think.

He said ā€œIā€™ve obviously seen what heā€™s been through, from being dropped from the top team and now heā€™s beaten the top team. I think itā€™s just fantastic to see him recover and to see him grow. Iā€™m generally really happy for himā€¦ Itā€™s been good for him to build up, to build confidence and get a fantastic result today, so huge congrats to him.ā€

Landon Norris finished fourth just about a second ahead of the leading Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in P5, after a hallucinating start that he had leaving him at sixth by the end of lap one. Daniel Ricciardo took sixth ahead of Hamilton of Mercedes who was followed by Renaultā€™s Estaban Ocon and the second of the Alpaha Tauri with Daniil Kvyat and Sergio Perez of Racing Point finishing inside Top 10.

 

Lewis Hamilton was cruising his way to victory before a 10-second-stop- go penalty for having entered the pits when the entry was closed (as did Alfa Romeoā€™s Antonio Giovinazzi), pushed the world champion to the back of the pack.

This happened after the dramatic twist, 20 laps into the race, a mechanical failureĀ  forced Kevin Magnssen of Haas to pull on to the side of the track, leading to a deployment of safety car.

 

Both the Ferraris failed to finish in their home Grand Prix, meanwhile, Charles Leclerc lost control of the car soon after the safety car had ended, smashing into the walls, the extent of the damage was such that the tyre barriers had to be repaired forcing the race to be Red Flagged and temporarily suspended for the first time since 2017. Everyone who saw the crash had their heart-in the-mouths, until the 22- year old emerged unscathed and was seen running into the pits.

When the race finally resumed, the six time world champion finished 7th at the flag, after setting fastest lap after fastest lap till the end to take his 41st consecutive points finish. There was huge blow for Max Verstappen of Red Bull as he endured a break failure and the chances of him closing up the gap with Hamilton (championship leader) failed as well.

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 10 PierreĀ Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 53 47:06.1 25
2 55 CarlosĀ Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 53 +0.415s 18
3 18 LanceĀ Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 53 +3.358s 15
4 4 LandoĀ Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 53 +6.000s 12
5 77 ValtteriĀ Bottas MERCEDES 53 +7.108s 10
6 3 DanielĀ Ricciardo RENAULT 53 +8.391s 8
7 44 LewisĀ Hamilton MERCEDES 53 +17.245s 7
8 31 EstebanĀ Ocon RENAULT 53 +18.691s 4
9 26 DaniilĀ Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 53 +22.208s 2
10 11 SergioĀ Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 53 +23.224s 1
11 6 NicholasĀ Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 53 +32.876s 0
12 8 RomainĀ Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 53 +35.164s 0
13 7 KimiĀ RƤikkƶnen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 53 +36.312s 0
14 63 GeorgeĀ Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 53 +36.593s 0
15 23 AlexanderĀ Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 53 +37.533s 0
16 99 AntonioĀ Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 53 +55.199s 0
NC 33 MaxĀ Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 30 DNF 0
NC 16 CharlesĀ Leclerc FERRARI 23 DNF 0
NC 20 KevinĀ Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 17 DNF 0
NC 5 SebastianĀ Vettel FERRARI 6 DNF 0

Courtesy: formula1.com

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