Pierre Gasly: “I wanted this victory badly”

Pierre Gasly - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Pierre Gasly finally ended his GP2 Series winning drought after triumphing in the Feature race at Silverstone after a great strategy call got him to the front of the field.

The Prema Racing driver started on the Soft Pirelli tyre and made his pit stop on lap seven, and then drove strongly until the chequered flag on the Hard tyre to overcome the drivers who did the opposite strategy, most notably Norman Nato, who had confidently led the first part of the race before ultimately dropping to seventh.

After losing the Feature race win on the final lap in Baku to team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi and spinning out of the Feature race whilst leading in Austria, it all came together at last for the Red Bull-backed driver in Silverstone, winning by 9.422 seconds from Giovinazzi.

“It’s been a fantastic day!” revealed Gasly. “We won the race starting from second but it wasn’t really easy.

“We started on option tyres and I tried to maintain them as long as I could. Then we pitted one lap later than [Oliver] Rowland and Antonio. After that we basically had to go as quick as possible to catch up Nato who was in the lead and try to make a gap.

“I pushed a lot as I wanted this victory badly. I missed out in Red Bull Ring due to my mistake so it feels amazing to win today after so much hard work. Hopefully it will be a turnaround for us and we can keep it up until the end of the season.

“I am really happy for the team as they are doing an impressive job and deserve the P1 and P2 result today.”