Hamilton: Gasly's Monza F1 win has "got to hurt" Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton says Pierre Gasly's Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix victory has "got to hurt" Red Bull following his demotion from the team last year.

Hamilton: Gasly's Monza F1 win has "got to hurt" Red Bull

Gasly scored a shock maiden grand prix victory at Monza on Sunday after capitalising on a red flag stoppage and a penalty for Hamilton to move to the front of the order.

The AlphaTauri driver faced late pressure from McLaren's Carlos Sainz, but held on to win the race by 0.4 seconds.

It marked the latest major landmark in Gasly's career since he returned to the Faenza-based F1 operation following a 12-race stint with Red Bull's senior team in 2019.

Gasly scored his first F1 podium for Toro Rosso in Brazil last year ahead of its rebranding, and sits just five points behind his Red Bull replacement, Alexander Albon, in the drivers' standings.

Six-time world champion Hamilton was quick to congratulate Gasly on his victory in parc ferme after the race, and spoke highly of the young Frenchman.

"Pierre is just a really nice guy, and I think he has a lot of talent," Hamilton said.

"I don't think he was necessarily treated fairly at Red Bull in the end when he got promoted, and I think it's not easy for a driver when that happens, so I empathise with that.

"To then build the confidence up in not necessarily as quick a team, and build the confidence up, and to come around with some really great performances he's had this year already.

"Then to get himself a win, I think it's not easy to do that. [I'm] really impressed."

Read Also:

Hamilton hoped Gasly's result would help create further opportunities for him in F1, but felt it would be painful in a way for Red Bull given its failure to score any points at Monza.

"He's done a fantastic job, and deserves the success," Hamilton said of Gasly. "Hopefully that creates an opportunity for him moving forwards.

"Also, he beat the team that demoted him. That's definitely got to hurt for them."

Red Bull saw Max Verstappen retire from the race shortly after the restart due to a power unit issue, while Albon finished a lowly 15th after slipping to the rear of the order following the red flag.

Gasly's victory marked the second at Monza for the AlphaTauri/Toro Rosso operation - following Sebastian Vettel's 2008 success - drawing it level with Red Bull's win count for the Italian Grand Prix.

shares
comments

Related video

McLaren was “second strongest force” in Italian GP – Seidl

Previous article

McLaren was “second strongest force” in Italian GP – Seidl

Next article

Norris lashes out at "stupid" red flag tyre change rule

Norris lashes out at "stupid" red flag tyre change rule
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Italian GP
Drivers Pierre Gasly , Lewis Hamilton
Teams Red Bull Racing , AlphaTauri
Author Luke Smith
What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Prime

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping .

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Prime

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The themes to watch in F1's Imola return Prime

The themes to watch in F1's Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Prime

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. Ben Anderson looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Prime

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says Nigel Roebuck.

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Prime

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Is Formula 1 as good as it has ever been now? Prime

Is Formula 1 as good as it has ever been now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021
How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Prime

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Formula 1
Apr 6, 2021