PierreAlpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly has decided to donate the helmet he wore during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. This helmet was a visual tribute to the late Ayrton Senna.
The late Senna lost his life in a fiery crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. Many drivers have cited the Brazilian as an inspiration for them pursuing racing as a career.
Gasly will be looking to build on an encouraging 2020 season that saw him earn his maiden race victory. The Frenchman won at Monza in the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.
Gasly designed the helmet with the blessing of the Senna family to commemorate F1’s return to the Imola track. The 24-year-old had an excellent qualifying session which saw him qualify fourth. Unfortunately, the Frenchman couldn’t finish as he had to retire because of a power unit problem.
Gasly has decided that the proceeds of the auction will go to the Senna Foundation. The 24-year-old has also made 1:2 scaled mini helmets, which will also be put up for auction. These mini helmets have been signed by Gasly to give them a personal touch.
Gasly will continue to race for Alpha Tauri in 2021 along with Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda. Formula One will continue to race at Imola for the 2021 season.
Gasly enters the 2021 F1 season with a lot of confidence in his driving ability. The Frenchman lost his confidence in 2019 which saw him get replaced.
Gasly was ‘demoted’ to essentially what is Red Bull’s junior team, Alpha Tauri, for the second half of that season. The 24-year-old drove some encouraging races after that. This culminated in him finishing second at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Gasly will be looking to have an even better 2021 season. The Frenchman will be looking to capitalize on his 2020 season. He would want to earn a few podiums in 2021.