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Pierre Gasly finishes 2nd of the 2019 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen takes P1

2019.18.11.
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Pierre Gasly finished second in the 2019 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix, behind Max Verstappen. He became the youngest Frenchman to step on a Formula 1 podium. Carlos Sainz recovered third place after Lewis Hamilton was penalised for his collision with Alexander Albon on the penultimate lap, while they were both fighting for second place. Charles Leclerc retired after a collision with his teammate Sebastian Vettel. Renault F1 Team scores eight points, thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s 7th place.

“It’s an incredible day,” said Pierre Gasly.  “It sounds silly to say this, but this is the best day of my life. There are so many emotions, I don’t even know what to say. It’s just incredible. I saw once that they touched with Alex, that there was an opportunity to pass. When I saw that Lewis was just behind me, I knew it was going to be very, very hot, especially as he had just changed his tires. I did my best to defend. At the exit of the last corner I saw that he had better traction. I saw his wing right next to me. We have a button to discharge the whole battery and try to get as much power as possible, and I kept pressing it to get the maximum power and in the end it worked. It’s just incredible.” As he got out of his car, Pierre Gasly had a special thought for his friend who died in August, Anthoine Hubert: “I think of Anthoine, someone I grew up with, and I wish he could have been there to experience that, because it was his dream to be in F1 too. He was the first person I thought of when I stepped on the podium. I was lucky enough to have a lot of people to support me, my family, my brothers, it is the best gift to be able to thank them in this way. Now we’ll have to work and try to reproduce that. »

Romain Grosjean, who remained until now the last Frenchman to have reached the podium (Belgian Grand Prix 2015), finished this Grand Prix in 14th place. After a promising qualifying, he stayed in the top 7 for a long time during the race. “Congratulations to Pierre, I’m very happy for him” he said after the race. As for his race, he talks about a complicated weekend: “I try not to say bad words. What sh…. Year. Everything’s going wrong. I was doing the race of my life, I couldn’t even breathe in the car. I was all over it, all over it, all over it. We take a damn safety car when we don’t need it, and the tires… 72 degrees in the front right tire when we restart… Sainz’s dirty driving… We did miracles today with the track temperatures to stay where we were. When you’re unlucky, you’re unlucky. »

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel retired on lap 66 of the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix after an incident between the two Ferraris. “From my point of view, I overtook him at turn 1,” Charles Leclerc explained to Canal+. “It was a risky overtaking but it was cool from the car. Then, at turn 4, I tried to close the door. I was aware that Seb was going to try the outside; that’s what he did. There wasn’t much room, but he went for it anyway. I left this space free, but towards the end of the straight line he tried to get back to the inside and I was there. We touched… Then a flat tire for both of us. It’s a real shame it ends like this. “About Pierre Gasly’s podium, Charles Leclerc comments: “I would have preferred that he got this podium in other circumstances, or to share it with him. But I’m very happy for him, I went to see him, it hasn’t been an easy season. He has shown what he can do with the Toro Rosso, I hope he will enjoy it. »

Mattia Binotto, team manager, refused to analyze the clash, believing that the problems should be managed internally: “This is the kind of situation that should not happen. I don’t want to comment the accident, we will have the opportunity within the team to watch all the videos, analyze the data, and discuss it with the pilots. I don’t want to do it now. »

Renault F1 Team is leaving Brazil on a mixed note. After a difficult qualifying session, it was an equally complicated race for the French team. “With our positions on the starting grid, on a track that doesn’t fit the car, we had to try everything again with a bold strategy. This time it didn’t pay off. After a difficult start for our two drivers with medium tyres, they had to fight against cars with soft tyres. The collision with Magnussen and the subsequent penalty excluded Daniel from a race that should have been better for him.  He nevertheless showed great resilience up to the safety car, which allowed him to climb up the order. Unfortunately, this safety car also helped our rivals. We must absolutely avoid this kind of situation in Abu Dhabi. »

Max Verstappen crossed the finish line in first place after a breathless race: “It was a crazy day, a lot of action, a lot of strategy. As a team, we had very good performance. We pitted at the right time, and it brought us victory today. It’s an incredible result, and today as during the whole weekend, the Honda engine worked very well. Very happy with this result. “Asked about the very good performance of Pierre Gasly, his teammate at the beginning of the season, Max added: “It was great to share this podium. I’ve known him for a long time, I know he’s had a tough season. But he came back, and had good results with Toro Rosso. He really deserves this podium, he’s a great guy, and he’s very fast. I was very happy to be on the podium with him. »

FIA Formula 1 Drivers World Championship Standings (after Sao Paulo)

1 Lewis Hamilton 387 (Champion du Monde)

2 Valtteri Bottas 314

3 Max Verstappen 260

4 Charles Leclerc 249

5 Sebastian Vettel 230

6 Pierre Gasly 95

7 Carlos Sainz 95

8 Alexander Albon 84

9 Daniel Ricciardo 54

10 Sergio Pérez 46

11 Lando Norris 45

12 Kimi Räikkönen 43

13 Nico Hulkenberg 37

14 Daniil Kvyat 35

15 Lance Stroll   21

16 Kevin Magnussen 20

17 Antonio Giovinazzi 14

18 Romain Grosjean 8

19 Robert Kubica 1

20 George Russell 0

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