Hungarian Grand Prix – Pierre Gasly earned a ‘class B’ victory by finishing sixth at the Hungaroring, Toro Rosso’s best result since the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Starting sixth, Gasly made up a place at the start of the race by passing Renault’s Carlos Sainz. From there, the Frenchman drove a measured race to finish at the head of the midfield.
He gained a place due to the retirement of Red Bull senior drive Max Verstappen, but was then powerless to prevent a recovering Daniel Ricciardo from passing later on in the race.
He finished in sixth place and was the only midfielder to not be lapped by race-winner Lewis Hamilton.
“It was an amazing day for us to finish sixth! Yesterday was already fantastic for the team, but this is even better!” said Gasly.
“The car was mega, the strategy was fantastic, I just had to give everything I could which wasn’t easy in these conditions, in the end we managed to do it.”
In a race where he said he was “on the limit” for the whole Grand Prix, Gasly was delighted to end his point-less run, which had been five races in a row.
“After the past few races, which were quite difficult for us, it’s a great result for the team. When you’re fighting in the midfield you know there will be races where opportunities present themselves, and you just need to make sure you take them when they come. We did it in Bahrain, Monaco and again this weekend, so it’s great and it’s a nice way to end the first half of the season.
“I had a good start and managed to pass Sainz at the beginning, then I had free air to focus on my driving and make the tyres last and it ended up being a great race.
“The main thing was not to make any mistakes; I was on the limit for 70 laps which was a challenge, but I did my best to have a clean race and push as hard as I could to take these fantastic 8 points home.”
With Sauber catching them in the constructors’ championship in recent races, the eight points earned at the Hungaroring means Toro Rosso now have a ten-point advantage over the Swiss team in the constructors’ championship.