Pierre Takes Second Podium of the Season for BWT Alpine in Zandvoort

Pierre Gasly gave an impressive performance in Zandvoort in the Dutch Grand Prix to finish in third place and gain BWT Alpine F1 Team’s second podium finish of the season and his first for the team.

The race itself was heavily affected by rain all weekend with multiple pit-stops and a red flag delay six laps before the end causing chaos for all drivers. At the restart he was running in fourth position, after starting the race in twelfth, and stayed on the tail of Sergio Perez until the chequered flag. He was promoted to third position after Perez was handed a five-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Elsewhere, Esteban Ocon gave a solid performance in the difficult conditions to move from a starting position in sixteenth place to tenth place at the chequered flag, securing double points for the team in an uncertain race.

Commenting on his success, Gasly said: “What a race! It feels really good to be on the podium here in Zandvoort and the entire team deserves this. After the season we have had so far, so many ups and downs, I do feel we deserve this result. It was an insane race, so much action, so many tough calls to make but everything went well, from the decision making to the strategy to the pit-stops, it was all very well executed. We had the unfortunate five-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane, but in the end that did not matter as we still had enough pace to put ourselves in contention for a good result. It was a tough final few laps with the conditions, but we managed it very well.”

Ocon added: “First of all, congratulations to Pierre and the whole team for today’s great result. Overall, we can be happy with our race as a team, leaving Zandvoort with double points and the podium. On my side, it was a solid recovery drive from where we started, fighting my way to well within the points. We will definitely need to review a few things as there were some opportunities missed which cost us some positions and some points. Generally, there will be many learnings from the last few days which I hope we can take to Monza next week to keep improving as a team.”

The team now looks ahead to the Italian Grand Prix this coming weekend (1st-3rd September) at Autodromo Nazionale Monza where they will hope to continue their success.