The team worked flawlessly and Pierre delivered an amazing drive while everyone, from the pit wall, to the mechanics, the entire team in fact, both at the track and in Faenza and Bicester, played their part to perfection. Daniil Kvyat also finished in the points, crossing the line in ninth spot, after fighting his way through the field.

There were effectively two races for the price of one, with the race red flagged after Leclerc’s crash. Our strategy worked out perfectly: Pierre had started P10 and moved up to P3 when the red flag came out. Ahead of him were Hamilton and Stroll. Pierre got another perfect getaway at the restart and soon passed the Canadian, to go second. Hamilton had to come in for a stop-go penalty, having come into the pits earlier when the pit lane was officially closed. This promoted Pierre to the lead.

From then on the race seemed to last an eternity as he headed towards glory. He had Carlos Sainz in the McLaren breathing down his neck for the final ten laps, getting closer and closer. It was a moment of high drama with Carlos able to use DRS when he got to within less than a second of Pierre, but our Frenchman held firm and wrote another page in our Formula 1 history, along with all the team. After his second place in Brazil last year, this time he made it to the top step of the podium to take us to the top of the motorsport world! The French national anthem rang out on the podium for Pierre, the first French F1 winner since Olivier Panis won the 1996 Monaco GP, followed by the Italian one for Scuderia AlphaTauri.

Session Result

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:47:6:056
2Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren1:47:6:471
3Lance StrollRacing Point1:47:9:414
4Lando NorrisMcLaren1:47:12:56
5Valtteri BottasMercedes1:47:13:164
6Daniel RicciardoRenault1:47:14:447
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:47:23:301
8Esteban OconRenault1:47:24:747
9Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri1:47:28:264
10Sergio PérezRacing Point1:47:29:280
11Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:47:38:932
12Romain GrosjeanHaas1:47:41:220
13Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:47:42:368
14George RussellWilliams1:47:42:649
15Alexander AlbonRed Bull1:47:43:589
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:48:1:255
DNFSebastian VettelFerrari-
DNFKevin MagnussenHaas-
DNFMax VerstappenRed Bull-
DNFCharles LeclercFerrari-