“I Liked His Approach” – Gasly Names Michael Schumacher & Lewis Hamilton as His F1 Heroes

Published 08/01/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Pierre Gasly has been on a path to success this season. The first half has been one of his best starts so far; the Frenchman starts 5th on the grid for Sunday’s race. AlphaTauri’s star player sat down with ‘The Paddock Magazine‘ and discussed his career so far, including what the future might hold for him. The 25-year-old reveals his childhood heroes of the sport, propelling him to become a driver himself.

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Pierre shares the adoration of a majority of the fans for the legends of the sport. “I grew up watching Michael Schumacher winning pretty much all the races with Ferrari. Then, a couple of years later, Lewis came into the sport, and I liked his approach.”

“He was swift straight away, which is impressive. Obviously, I admired Ayrton Senna as well–however, I’ve never had the chance to watch him racing live.”

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during a practice session REUTERS/David W Cerny

Names synonymous with the sport, the three drivers set the perfect example for any aspiring F1 driver. Gasly is a driver who shows exciting promise. He is one of the few drivers sitting among the likes of McLaren and Ferrari and giving them good competition as well. As Gasly’s name gets thrown around in the driver market, will he upgrade to a stronger team and find himself on the podium more often?

Gasly- an excited Frenchman at Hungaroring

The Frenchman looked back at his earlier wins in F2 in Budapest and was excited to be back on the track. He explains the technicalities of the Hungaroring, “… you don’t have time to rest in the straights. You need to be entirely focused because there are many corners and some tricky sections. We are pretty busy in the car during a lap at the Hungaroring, and it has a great rhythm.”

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Like other drivers, Gasly looks forward to the challenge and claims that the track “has been quite good” to him in the past. Having had a desirable outcome in Qualifying, Pierre starts his race as confident as ever.

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In a track where overtaking is difficult and the winds are your worst enemy, will Gasly push through the top five? AlphaTauri has their eyes on the fifth spot of the championship, and good points from Pierre this Sunday will only reassure the team.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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