AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly admits that he didn’t see Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton as heroes at first.
Gasly is having a good season for AlphaTauri, consistently bringing home points despite his teammate Yuki Tsunoda’s struggles. He is obviously a very motivated man. In an interview on Red Bull’s website, Gasly talked about the source of his motivation.
“In everything I do, I don’t look for the motivation in someone else, I look for it in myself,” he said. “I want to challenge myself, test myself. My goal is not to look like this or that driver.”
Gasly is aware he shares the grid with some legends of the sport, like the aforementioned Vettel and Hamilton. Both drivers were dominating the sport when Gasly debuted in 2017. However, the former Red Bull driver says he viewed the two drivers differently at first.
“When I started competing with people like Hamilton, Vettel and others, I didn’t see them as heroes,” he explained.
“But I like to observe and I believe you can always learn from others, whether it’s in F1 or any other order of life. It can be in other sports or in business. Why is that person successful? What did you do to achieve your goals?”
Gasly, like most drivers, loves nothing more than the feeling of winning. His first and only win so far came last season in Italy, and it was an absolute stunner. He was the ultimate underdog, yet he miraculously won the race.
“There is no better feeling than leading a race, something I experienced in my flesh at Monza last year,” he recalled.
“You go first, you have no one in front. At that moment you have only one thing in mind: to attack. It brought back good memories of Formula 2 and Super Formula. The fundamental is that you can control the GP.”
It’s again unlikely that he can outright win a race this season, but then again, he managed to do it last season. Never count anyone out in F1.