Only Mechanical & Racing Incidents Can Stop Lewis Hamilton From Winning an F1 Race: Pierre Gasly

Published 04/23/2021, 12:01 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Engine, check. Chassis, check. Top-class F1 driver, check. With Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel, Mercedes have run through the turbo-hybrid era like a tractor in a crop field. If you were to bet on this combination taking the win at a particular race, chances are that you will be taking the prizes home more often than not.

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But the 2020 Italian GP was an anomaly. Not that Mercedes’ Hamilton was not on course for a win, but he was stopped by a couple of penalties from the FIA. This brought the other drivers into contention with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly taking home an unlikely win.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Although Gasly feels that he merited his maiden Grand Prix victory, with Sakhir GP also experiencing similar circumstances last year, he feels that there’s a condition to such rare race wins.

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“There were several drivers who could have won that race. Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris, Valtteri Bottas, but none of them did. So I think we definitely deserved that victory,” Gasly told RacingNews365 in an exclusive interview. (Quotes translated from Dutch using Google)

“When Sergio Perez won in Bahrain, Mercedes also had problems. So then you could say that too. You can actually always say it when Hamilton doesn’t win, something has happened to him or Mercedes.”

Even though such incidences belie the true picture of the sport, Gasly said – “But racing incidents are part of the sport. Otherwise Lewis Hamilton would win every race… If there are no racing incidents or no unexpected events, it would be boring. That’s why the fans watch the race.”

What F1 needs to do to prevent a similar Hamilton-like situation, per Gasly

Everyone in the F1 community is waiting patiently for the 2022 regulations to kick in. The expectation is that they will bring the field much closer. And if 2021 is any hint towards that, it is going to be very exciting.

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“If all cars are within half a second of each other, it will make the racing much better. We see it in the midfield, where there are a lot of fights. We now also see it between Mercedes and Red Bull, who are close together,” said Gasly.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after finishing first on the podium with second placed, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and third placed, McLaren’s Lando Norris REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

People at home love it, as well. It is important to have as many race winners and title contenders as possible.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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