Pierre Gasly: 'Without incidents, Lewis Hamilton would win every race'
Pierre Gasly says that without racing incidents, Lewis Hamilton would win every race, which would be “boring” for fans.
Hamilton and Mercedes have been utterly dominant in the sport since the turbo hybrid era began in 2014, with the Brit winning 53% of all races since the last major change of regulations in the sport.
Gasly upset the odds to take his maiden Formula 1 victory at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in 2020, in which Hamilton dropped down to the back of the field after receiving a stop/go penalty for entering the pit lane when it was closed.
With all form thrown out of the window in the race, Gasly held off a charging Carlos Sainz to take his first-ever win in the top class of motorsport.
While he was able to win a race, the Frenchman says that the monotony of usually having the same winner is “boring” for fans of the sport.
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“At the end of the day, the reality is that there are differences between the cars and if there will be no race incidents or no unexpected things happening in the race, then that will be boring,” Gasly said.
“And I [don’t] think that’s why people watch F1 races.
“Obviously the Mercedes had their issues, but there are a lot of people that could have won that race – Carlos, Lando [Norris], Bottas came back, he was in P6 before the middle of the race – and no one did it. So I think we fully deserved it.
“When Sergio [Perez] won, Mercedes had all sorts of issues and then you could say the same. But I believe you can say the same thing as long as Lewis doesn’t win, there will be always something happening to him or to Mercedes.”
This dominance may be broken by Red Bull this season, with the team seemingly having a quicker car than the Silver Arrows.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes that Red Bull have the strongest overall package in 2021, with Max Verstappen qualifying comfortably ahead of the Mercs in Bahrain and only not doing so due to a mistake on his final flying lap at Imola.
Gasly, meanwhile, will hope for more progress after a P7 finish last time out in a topsy-turvy race for the AlphaTauri driver.
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