Gasly: “Special” feeling to go back to France after winning in F1

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 06: (L-R) Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team, Pierre Wache, Chief Engineer of Performance Engineering at Red Bull Racing, race winner Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing and third placed Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 06, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov – Pool/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202106060638 // Usage for editorial use only //

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.”

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