The Australian Grand Prix Corporation podcast In the Fast Lane has released this week’s episode with AlphaTauri driver, Pierre Gasly.
Gasly joined In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Michael Lamonato to discuss his incredible maiden Formula 1® victory at Monza, the emotion of becoming the first French winner for 24 years and his feelings on Honda's exit.
Speaking about his win in Monza a few weeks ago, Gasly shared his surprise at the reaction from the French as well as his realisation that something amazing has just happened.
“I got a call from the French President, this was pretty insane, because I never thought I would get a call from my president… it just made me realise, wow, something big happened in my life today and this was really special,” said Gasly.
Gasly went on to discuss how he hoped his results in 2020 would put him in a good position when Red Bull makes its choice for 2021 drivers.
“I’m in a good position but the only thing I can do is keep pushing that way and show my speed and really show good consistency and then I’m pretty sure it’s going to give me opportunities for my future. It’s always difficult, it’s not up to me and I just hope all these strong results will be rewarded but in terms of timeline I have no idea when Red Bull is going to make their decision,” said Gasly.
In hearing the news of Honda’s departure from Formula 1® at the end of the 2021 season, Gasly expressed his disappointment and how he hoped they have a chance at winning the championship before they leave.
“I really enjoy working with them and that’s why I’m really sad they are leaving, especially now, all the hard work they have done, they were struggling in the last few years but I think that the level they reached over the last two years and the improvement and the evolution has been unbelievable.”
“Now we have a race winning engine, they proved it last year and they proved it again this year and I would have liked to have seen them carry on for couple more years and see them fighting for the championship. Well they still have a shot at it next year but it was pretty sad news when I got to know that,” he continued.