Pierre Gasly, Scuderia AlphaTauri's French Driver, had been knocking on the door of Formula 1 ever since winning the 2016 GP2 series dramatically, taking the title at the final race in Abu Dhabi.
Pierre was born on February 7, 1996, in Rouen; he started knocking in motorsport at the age of 2 when he used to go to go-kart tracks to watch his older brothers.
Pierre has racing in his veins. His whole family used to race, from his grand-parents, to his father and his 3 brothers who took him to the regional karting racetracks well before he was 3. Pierre also grew up in Rouen, a region famous for its race track which hosted the French Grand Prix in the 1960’s. He began racing in go-karts when he was 6 and started competitions the following year.
He competed at national and international level until 2010 when he finished Vice-Champion in the CIK-FIA European Championship.
Pierre's first taste of single-seater racing came in the competitive French F4 Championship in 2011. Despite being the youngest Driver on the grid he finished third in the championship. That allowed him to find financial support necessary to move up to the Formula Renault 2.0 the following year.
After a rookie year in 2012, Pierre clinched the title in 2013, becoming the youngest driver to ever win the Formula Renault. By this time, his speed and determination had caught the Red Bull talent scouts' attention.
Pierre was runner-up behind another well-known Red Bull Junior at the time, Carlos Sainz. From the first year he finished vice-champion and won the rookie of the year trophy. That year, he also got his first taste of GP2 before tackling the whole 2015 season in this Formula 1 feeder championship.
The first year in GP2 was one with mixed results with DAMS racing. However, the following year, it all came together when he joined the Prema Power team, bringing home the Champion's trophy at the end of a thrilling season with four wins.
After a suspenseful final in Abu Dhabi, Pierre beats Giovinazzi to takes the title, with four victories and nine podiums during the season.
Since 2015, Pierre has combined racing with being on duty as the reserve driver for Red Bull Racing in Formula 1™. However, with no seats available in Formula 1 at the end of 2016, he was given a chance to broaden his experience by racing in the very competitive Japanese Super Formula Championship.
Pierre impressed in Japan, taking two wins and three podiums in his maiden season in the land of the Rising Sun. In the end, he finished only 0.5 points behind the championship leader, with the last race canceled due to a Typhon.
During the season, Pierre was called to replace Daniil Kyvat at Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One™. Initially called for two races, he finishes the season with Toro Rosso.
Pierre already knew the team well enough after testing for Scuderia Toro Rosso at Barcelona in 2015 and 2016. In 2018, he raced behind the wheel of the STR13, scoring 29 points. At the end of the season, Pierre moved to Red Bull Racing.
In 2019, Pierre started at Red Bull Racing alongside Max Verstappen; he raced for the Milton Keynes team up to the summer break.
Pierre returns to the Faenza-based team for the rest of the season, alongside Daniil Kvyat, finishing in the points five times from nine races. His best result was an incredible second place in Brazil when he came off best in the last gasp duel with Lewis Hamilton. At the time, it was the team's third-ever podium finish, after Sebastian Vettel's win in 2008 and Kvyat's third place in the 2019 German Grand Prix.
In November 2019, Pierre gets his first podium in Formula On™ with a second place at Interlagos, Brazil. At 23 years and nine months, he becomes the youngest Frenchman to stand on a Formula 1 podium, breaking Jean Alesi's record by two years.
For the 2020 Formula 1 season, Pierre was again teamed up with Daniil Kvyat, and this year, he went one better, winning the Italian Grand Prix on September 6, 2020, 24 years on from the last victory of a French driver in Formula 1.
Pierre has been one of the standout performers of the 2020 Formula 1 season, not just because of his shock victory in the Italian Grand Prix but also because of his consistently good results. He became the Scuderia AlphaTauri's all-time top point scorer and finished 10th in the driver world championship with 75 points.
On September 6, 2020, at the Italian Grand Prix, Pierre won his first victory in Formula 1™, becoming the 109th Grand Prix winner and the first French since Olivier Panis at the Grand Prix de Monaco 1996. He becomes the youngest French Driver to ever win a Grand Prix.
Pierre is not only Scuderia AlphaTauri's all-time top point scorer but has also became a fan favorite, securing the 'Driver of the Day award, voted for by F1 fans, on multiple occasions.