Pierre Gasly admitted that it will be a “special” feeling to go back racing to his home country after becoming a Formula 1 race winner.
The French driver won his first Formula 1 race last year in Monza after a chaotic race. By doing that, Gasly became the winner number 13 for France, and the last Frenchman to win in Formula 1 was Olivier Panis in 1996.
Unluckily for Pierre, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 French GP was called oof. Therefore, he could not race in his home Grand Prix.
This year though, the French GP comes back into the calendar with the race being held at Paul Ricard. Thus, Gasly will finally have the chance to race in front of French fans.
“The next one is my home race and yeah, we know I want to do well there in front of all the fans and spectators,” Gasly said.
“Especially to go back there as a race winner will feel pretty special.”
Moreover, the last two races have been incredibly positive for Gasly. He drove a great race in Monaco and he scored a podium in Baku. It is the best way to approach his home Grand Prix for him.
“As much as we need to analyze and understand when things don’t go well, I think when it does well – as [in Baku], we showed some very, very strong pace all weekend – we need to understand why,” Gasly said.
“Because at the moment we don’t have the answer. Surprises like this are more than welcome more often during the season.
“I think, more than anything, we need to understand where it came from.”