Finally after 24 years Frenchman Pierre Gasly brought a victory to his country. Driver has revealed that he even received a call from France president Emmanuel Macron.
After Lewis Hamilton was penalised during the race, the Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda driver found himself at the front when two safety cars arrived in quick succession.
The 24-year-old then engaged in a game of cat and mouse with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz in the closing laps, however held his nerve for a well received first win.
„This was the most unexpected and the best phone call of the ones I had in the last 24 hours“ , – said P. Gasly.
„He just wanted to congratulate me, say he was really proud and the whole country was proud of what I achieved. We had to wait a long 24 years to listen to the French national anthem on the F1 podium. These words coming from your president are always very touching and made me realise a little bit of what we had done. It also made me proud obviously and really happy.
I still haven’t had the chance to go through all my messages – it has been really hectic and crazy since the race – but I have had messages from people I would not have expected. Many soccer players like Neymar Jr, (Kylian) Mbappé, Dani Alves, (Adrien) Rabiot and (Antoine) Griezmann, but also basketballers, tennis players and cyclists. Just insane. I still can’t believe all the messages and support I received. It makes you feel special“, to official Red Bull Content said AlphaTauri team driver.
The last time France could see the triumph before 24 years when Frenchman Olivier Panis won Monaco GP.