Is Gasly one of the best drivers ever at AlphaTauri/Toro Rosso?

10-06-2021 18:15 | Updated: 10-06-2021 23:12
Is Gasly one of the best drivers ever at AlphaTauri/Toro Rosso?

Pierre Gasly's 3rd place finish at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix marked the 5th time in history that a driver from Scuderia Alpha Tauri, formerly Toro Rosso, has been on the podium of a Formula One race.


The first time that Red Bull Racing's subsidiary team uncorked the champagne was a good one: Sebastian Vettel won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. In a soaking wet qualifying session, the then very young German qualified his Toro Rosso on pole position and surprisingly won the race from there. The German set a few records, including being the youngest pole sitter ever and the youngest race winner ever. The latter is now in the hands of Max Verstappen, who however did not manage to take the first record away from Vettel.


In 2019, Daniil Kvyat caused a stir by appearing on the podium (again during a soaking wet race) at Hockenheim. It was a much-needed podium for the Russian who had been under pressure more than once and had also been sacked by Red Bull Racing. The podium meant the Russian managed to secure another year with Scuderia Alpha Tauri, but he was traded in for Yuki Tsunoda at the start of 2021.


The man who brought in the most silverware, however, was Pierre Gasly. Where Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz never reached the podium in a Toro Rosso, Gasly did so three times already, on all three steps of the podium. In fact, he repeated Vettel's trick in 2020 by finishing just ahead of the unleashed Sainz in the McLaren at Monza. In addition to the weekend in Baku, Gasly also managed a podium in Brazil 2019, where he crossed the finish line 2nd, tenths ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

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