Pierre Gasly Announces Heartwarming Gesture in Collaboration With Senna Foundation

Published 02/06/2021, 8:25 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS


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. 

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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.

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Gasly will donate proceeds to Senna Foundation

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.

A portrait of Ayrton Senna of Brazil, driver of the #1 Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/7A Honda V12 during tyre testing for the British Grand Prix on 7 July 1992 at the Silverstone Circuit in Towcester, Great Britain. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Allsport/Getty Images)

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.

Pierre Gasly to have a standout 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.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 13, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

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.

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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