Gasly “ready” for Red Bull return after maiden F1 win at Italian GP – F1

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly feels he is “ready” to return to Red Bull Racing should the team wish to recall him following his shock win at the Italian Grand Prix.

Gasly scored the first victory of his Formula 1 career at Monza on Sunday after capitalising on a red flag stoppage and a penalty for Lewis Hamilton, before fending off Carlos Sainz Jr. in the closing stages.

The win came just 13 months after Red Bull demoted Gasly back to Toro Rosso following a difficult 12-race spell at the start of the 2019 season, and marks Gasly’s second podium finish after his second-place finish behind Max Verstappen at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

The result also comes amid ongoing struggles for Gasly’s Red Bull replacement, Alexander Albon, so far this season. Gasly sits just five points behind Albon, who finished 15th at Monza, in the drivers’ standings.

Red Bull has repeatedly stated it is not considering dropping Albon, but Gasly said following his victory that he felt ready to return if the team were to bring him back.

“I think I’m ready, but it’s not up to me to make that call,” Gasly said.

“The only thing I’ve done since they moved me back to Toro Rosso has been just to focus on myself and just show what I can do.

“When I get the right tools in my hand I’m really happy that the performance we’ve shown. I’m not only talking about Brazil but I think generally, we’ve been pretty strong most of the time.

“We’ve had some really strong qualifyings, really strong races since. We’ll see what happens.”

Gasly’s victory was only the second in the history of the Faenza-based team, the first coming courtesy of Sebastian Vettel at Monza in 2008.

The Frenchman took pride in having such an important place in the team’s history, and said he hoped his good form would be rewarded.

“There have been many, many strong drivers in Toro Rosso,” Gasly said.

“I’m really happy to be one of the two that have managed to get a win for this team.

“I guess the strong results should be rewarded with something, but we will see what happens.

“At the moment it’s not something I really want to think about. I just want to enjoy this moment, because it’s my first win in F1.

“I will have time to think about this later.”

AlphaTauri F1 chief Franz Tost said following the victory that he was hopeful Gasly would remain with the team.

“If we lose him, that means the team did a good job, because otherwise they wouldn’t take him,” Tost said on Sky Sports F1.

“Currently I’m quite optimistic that he will stay with us.”

Tost also noted Gasly’s motivation ever since his return to Toro Rosso, having made his debut with the team in 2017 before spending the full 2018 campaign at Faenza.

“He is very motivated,” Tost said.

“He was already last year when he came back from Red Bull. He came in my office and we greeted each other and he said: ‘Hey, I feel like I was here yesterday, it’s my family’.

“He liked the car, we had already last year quite a competitive car and then from Spa onwards he improved his performance and then in Sao Paulo he finished in second place, it was also a good fight against Hamilton.

“Today he drove a really brilliant race because he was in the lead and he controlled it. When Carlos came a little bit closer, he improved his speed in sector two, he got 1.2 to 1.5 seconds and this was good, he controlled it up to the end.”

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