Pierre Gasly has said that he has “so many emotions” after taking his maiden podium at the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Gasly had a strong weekend in Brazil, starting the race from fifth position, and managed to get himself into third position at the second safety car period, due to the Ferraris taking each other out and Lewis Hamilton pitting for fresh tyres.
At the restart Gasly lost out to Hamilton, but was immediately redeemed for his hard work as Hamilton and Alex Albon collided.
That incident allowed Gasly to pass the pair, moving him up to second and he managed to hang on to that position as he crossed the line just 0.062s ahead of a resurgent Hamilton.
The result meant that Gasly claimed his first podium position of his career, and Toro Rosso’s second of the season after Daniil Kvyat’s third place in Germany.
The podium will give Gasly new found confidence after a difficult season, which saw him demoted back to Toro Rosso from Red Bull after the Hungarian Grand Prix, having not performed to their standards.
“This is just incredible! My first podium in Formula 1 and with Toro Rosso.” said Gasly after the race.
“I kept working every race on myself, I always thought that if I could be in the right place at the right time something will come, and today it happened.
“It’s just amazing – I have so many emotions!”
Gasly paid credit to Toro Rosso, stating they are like family and that he is happy he could provide them with a podium after all of the support they have given him since he returned.
“I’ve always said the team is my Italian family, I love their spirit and passion, they always push like hell and today was the best present I could give back to thank them for their massive constant effort.
“You dream a lot about being in F1, you dream about your first podium, but then when it happens all of the emotions coming through me are just unpredictable, it’s just the best day of my life right now.
“I want to send a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me since the start of my career and have gotten me to where I am today.”