Underdog No More: Gasly's Journey to Overcome the Odds

The Personal Journeys of Formula One's Elite Drivers is an enthralling exploration of the path from Karting to the pinnacle of motorsport. Discover the captivating stories of Formula One's finest as they navigate the exhilarating world of racing, showcasing their unique personal styles, off-track lives, and diverse interests.

Meet Pierre Gasly, the French sensation who has made a name for himself in Formula One. Gasly's journey is marked by perseverance and the ability to seize opportunities. From his early days in karting to his breakthrough moments in Formula One, Gasly's driving style exhibits a unique blend of calculated aggression and impeccable racecraft, earning him recognition as one of the sport's brightest talents.

Who is Pierre Gasly?

Pierre Gasly is a talented French racing driver born February 7, 1996, in Rouen, France. He developed a passion for karting at a young age and quickly rose through the ranks of the sport. Gasly's remarkable skills and dedication led him to pursue a career in Formula One. Known for his tenacity and determination, Gasly has established himself as a prominent driver on the grid. His racing style is characterized by precision, calculated aggression, and an ability to extract maximum performance from his car.

Gasly in numbers

Race Starts- 113

Wins- 1

Podium- 3

Poles- 0

Fastest laps- 3

Best Finish- 1

Best Grid- 2

World Champion- 0

Early Days: Karting & F3 History

Gasly's journey in motorsport began in karting, where he showcased his exceptional talent and determination. He achieved notable success in karting championships and caught the attention of racing professionals. With his impressive performances, Gasly transitioned to single-seater racing, competing in various Formula series, including Formula Renault and GP2. His consistent podium finishes and race victories demonstrated his potential and paved the way for his entry into Formula One.

Journey Through The Years

Karting Days
Road to Formula One
Formula One Career
  • 2006-2010: Gasly begins karting at 10 and shows immediate promise.
  • 2011-2012: Wins multiple regional and national karting championships, gaining recognition for his skill and determination.
  • 2013-2014: Achieves international success, securing prestigious titles and catching the attention of Formula One teams.
  • 2015-2016: Moves up to single-seater racing, competing in Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5 championships. Demonstrates impressive speed and racecraft, attracting further attention.
  • 2017-2018: Makes his mark in GP2 (now Formula 2), showcasing exceptional talent and securing race wins. Finishes as the championship runner-up, solidifying his reputation as a future Formula One driver.
  • 2017: Makes his Formula One debut with Scuderia Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) at the Malaysian Grand Prix, replacing Daniil Kvyat.
  • 2018: Completes his first full season in Formula One, showcasing consistent performances and earning points finishes.
  • 2019: Joins Red Bull Racing as a full-time driver but returns to Toro Rosso mid-season. Demonstrates resilience and potential with strong performances.
  • 2020-present: Becomes a key driver for the rebranded AlphaTauri team. Earns his first Formula One victory at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, making him the 109th different winner in Formula One history.

"Success is not just about winning races, but also about personal growth and continuous improvement." - Pierre Gasly

Prominent Rivalries

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): A seven-time World Champion, Hamilton is known for his exceptional skills, racecraft, and experience, making him a formidable competitor for Gasly.
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing): Verstappen is one of the most talented and aggressive drivers on the grid, consistently challenging for race wins and championships. His aggressive racing style and relentless pursuit of victory make him a strong rival for Gasly.
  • Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): Leclerc has showcased his raw talent and speed, achieving impressive results and securing victories. His aggressive overtaking and consistent performances make him a tough competitor for Gasly.

  • George Russell (Mercedes): Russell, known for his exceptional qualifying pace and racecraft, has consistently demonstrated his potential to become a future champion. As Gasly's fellow young driver, their battles on the track are excitedly anticipated.
  • Lando Norris (McLaren): Norris has established himself as a strong contender, displaying impressive consistency and racecraft. His ability to extract the maximum performance from his car poses a challenge to Gasly.

Significant Achievements/Records


  • 2010 French KF3 Champion
  • 2011 European KF3 Champion
  • 2011 World Karting Champion (KZ1 category)
  • 2012 European KF1 Vice-Champion

Formula Renault:

  • 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Champion
  • 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Vice-Champion
  • 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Vice-Champion

GP2 Series:

  • 2016 GP2 Series Champion

Formula One:

  • 2019 Italian Grand Prix Winner (Scuderia AlphaTauri)
  • Multiple top-five finishes in Formula One races
  • Consistently competitive performances and points finish throughout his career

Personal Life & Interests

Pierre Gasly leads an active and adventurous life outside of Formula One. He enjoys engaging in extreme sports such as skydiving, snowboarding, and mountain biking, embracing the adrenaline and thrill they offer. Gasly's fearless and daring approach in these activities reflects his racing style on the track.

In addition to his love for adventure, Gasly has a passion for travel and immersing himself in different cultures. He enjoys exploring new destinations, experiencing diverse cuisines, and broadening his horizons. Gasly also values spending quality time with his family and maintains a close-knit relationship.

When not pursuing his adrenaline-fueled hobbies or traveling, Gasly focuses on fitness training to stay in peak physical condition. He recognizes the importance of maintaining both physical and mental well-being to perform at his best in motorsport. Gasly's dedication to a balanced lifestyle contributes to his success in Formula One and overall personal growth.