Coming back into Formula One after 36 years, Zandvoort certainly didn’t disappoint Dutch fans. The homeboy Max Verstappen has been dominating the entire weekend and claimed a wild victory over his main rival Lewis Hamilton in front of his orange-army.
While Verstappen was in the spotlight, even AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly drove a fine race at Zandvoort, finishing P4.
Gasly had already been impressive on Saturday at Zandvoort, claiming a fourth-place qualification, equaling his best result, ahead of both Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
But the Frenchman maintained a very good performance and pace throughout the race, too, holding Leclerc at bay throughout the 72-lap long race – as well as pulling off a beautiful pass on Fernando Alonso.
“P4 is an amazing result today, I don’t think we could really hope for much better and it’s 12 important points for us,” said the Frenchman after the GP.
“I really enjoyed all 72 laps here in Zandvoort, it’s a fantastic track. I had fun today, I’m really pleased with everything, the car is really fast and I managed to get it set-up just the way I wanted”.
Gasly had only words of praise for the Italian team, who worked amazingly to get him the car set-up that best fitted him and the track – while admitting that he’d perhaps been too fast at points during the Dutch Grand Prix.
“The team did a fantastic job throughout the weekend and today we were flying!”
“They [the engineers] were asking all the time to slow down the pace for tyres and I just wanted to push more because we had more pace than that. So, very good management and an amazing race.”
P4 BABABBABAM !! SO HAPPY #DutchGP— PIERRE GASLY 🇫🇷 (@PierreGASLY) September 5, 2021
Pierre Gasly is looking forward to the final race of this triple header. Going back to Monza after his victory last year will be very exciting for him, especially because fans will be back on the track.
“I’m obviously very excited to get back to Monza after last year and obviously the expectations are very high. We’ve clearly maximised our package this weekend, so it’ll be interesting to see how it performs next weekend in Italy.”