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Gasly: Writing article about painful 2019 was “a weight off my shoulders”

Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri leaves flowers at the side of the track in tribute to the late Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert, who passed at this race in 2019 during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 27, 2020 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Pierre Gasly says writing an article about his 2019 Formula 1 season helped him to move on from the tragic situations.

Halfway through the 2019 season, Gasly was dropped from Red Bull and demoted to Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri). On the first race after the summer break, at the Belgian Grand Prix, his friend Anthoine Hubert died in a crash during a Formula 2 race that was taking place at the circuit.

Gasly spoke about his article, saying that writing was “easier” than speaking on this case, and also what it meant to him.

“Sometimes things are easier to write than to say,” he said. “I believe that there are certain things I wanted to share and it just kind of feels good. A weight off my shoulders. It was obviously not easy talking about these things.

“I believe, that you always have challenges in life, whatever you do. It’s not only myself, everybody can relate to that whatever they do. And it’s important to face them, and I think that’s also what shapes you as a person, as a driver, as a human, whatever.

“This period of my life really shaped me into who I am today. I never gave up, I always had a clear idea of what I want and what I want to achieve in this sport. And it probably helped me in the end.

“So that’s the good thing out of it. I feel better now. That’s the way I wanted to express myself. I don’t want to go into more details, I think I’ve done most of the things I wanted to share about that story.”

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