Frenchman Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso), 2nd Sunday of the Brazilian Grand Prix won by the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), is the 1st Frenchman on an F1 podium since Romain Grosjean (Lotus), 3rd at the 2015 Belgian GP.
The Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) is tentatively 3rd but under the scrutiny of the race commissioners after a clash with the Thai Alexander Albon (Red Bull) in the final laps. The Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren), coming back from the last place on the grid following a breakdown in qualifying, could take advantage of a possible penalty imposed on the six-time world champion.
This crazy-looking GP saw Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel of Germany and Monegasque Charles Leclerc hit the 66th lap, while the latter tried to overtake the first. The two men were forced to abandon, which made the business of Gasly, like the collision between Hamilton and Albon.
For the Frenchman, who becomes at 23, 9 months and 10 days the youngest tricolor on a podium in F1, this 20th and penultimate round of 2019 brings an unexpected and unexpected conclusion to a complicated season. Promoted from Toro Rosso to Red Bull during the winter, it was downgraded during the summer for lack of results, in favor of Albon. But since his return to the Italian team, the Norman seems to have returned to his level of performance.
"I will never forget this first podium"
"I will never forget this first podium, he reacted hot, I do not know what to say, it's so emotional, thanks to Toro Rosso for giving me great cars since my return ". For Toro Rosso, this is the second podium of the season after that of the Russian Daniil Kvyat in Germany, after another crazy race.
Finland's Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Racing), Italy's Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing), Australia's Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Briton Lando Norris (McLaren), Sergio Pérez (Racing Point) and Kvyat complete the top 10. Finland's Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) gave up on engine power loss due to over-consumption of oil.