Rewriting history

We were already delighted when Daniil Kvyat finished a brilliant third in Germany, back in July. So imagine how today felt when Pierre Gasly stood on the second step of the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix podium. It was Scuderia Toro Rosso’s third ever podium and our best result since Sebastian Vettel won in Monza in 2008.

Pierre Gasly brazilian Grand Prix 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso

It’s Pierre’s best ever F1 finish to date, a great end to an incredible race in which all 71 laps were action packed. Pierre had started from a competitive sixth on the grid and managed to keep up with the cars ahead, doing a brilliant job of managing all the restarts after the many Safety Cars, which featured in the penultimate race of the year.

Brazilian Grand Prix 2019 podium Team Scuderia Toro Rosso

Gasly kept his head even after the final safety car following the collision of the two Ferraris. You have to be ready to grasp any opportunity with both hands and that’s what he did, keeping cool especially in that final drag race against Hamilton to the line. The Honda PU helped in that regard and thank to Max Verstappen, the Japanese company now has 75 F1 wins and 184 podium finishes. It was a special day for our partner who had not finished first and second since the 1991 Japanese Grand Prix with Ayrton Senna taking the win that day to clinch his last championship title. The result also came on the day that would have been company founder Soichiro Honda’s birthday, the visionary industrialist having been born on 17 November 1906.

In fact, although Hamilton was on the podium, his later 5 second penalty meant that third place actually went to Carlos Sainz, which made it an all Toro Rosso alumni top three. It was just a shame he could not have been on the real podium to celebrate with our guys. Max, who was with us in 2015 and ’16 and now with Red Bull, has won eight times now and we congratulate him for today’s victory. Pierre will also be part of our future as he is signed up for 2020. And for Carlos who was with us in 2015, ’16 and ’17, it was also his first top three finish. Daniel Ricciardo who drove for us from 2011 to 2013 was also in the points as was Daniil Kvyat. In fact half the top ten used to drive for us, proof of the effectiveness of our tutelage of talented youngsters.

We are now back to sixth in the Constructors’ classification, not just because of Pierre, but also thanks to Daniil’s point for tenth place at the end of a complicated but thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix.

There’s still one more round of this year’s world championship and all of us in Faenza Italy, Bicester UK and our Honda colleagues in Milton Keynes UK and Sakura Japan will be doing our very best to end the year on a high. So far in 2019 we have finished on the podium twice, something we have never done before and we are pleased to share our delight, with you our fans wherever you are around the world.

 

Session Result

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:33:14.678
2Pierre GaslyRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda06.077
3Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team08.896
4Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing09.452
5Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing10.201
6Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team10.541
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport11.139
8Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team11.204
9Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team11.529
10Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda11.931
11Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team12.732
12George RussellROKiT Williams Racing13.599
13Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team14.247
14Alexander AlbonAston Martin Red Bull Racing14.927
15Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team18.059
16Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing1 LAP(s)
17Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari5 LAP(s)
18Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari5 LAP(s)
19Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team5 LAP(s)
20Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport21 LAP(s)