Pierre Gasly won his first Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton was awarded a 10 second penalty when leading for driving into a closed pit lane when a safety car had been deployed. The Frenchman completed one of the most surprising victories in recent Formula One history following a chaotic Grand Prix.
The Alpha Tauri driver was clear by just 0.4 seconds as he snatched the spot from McLaren’s Carlos Sainz. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll also made an unpredictable podium, ending up with none of Mercedes, Ferrari or Red bull drivers in the top 3.
The race looked like a casual cruise for Lewis Hamilton, who up until that point, was leading and onto his 90th career win. The race took a dramatic twist when the safety car was deployed on lap 20 with Kevin Magnussen’s Haas parked up in a dangerous position. Hamilton had established a 11-second lead over McLaren duo of Sainz and Norris before diving into pits to then take his controversial penalty.
Stroll stayed out, shifting him to second place whilst an early stop from Gasly promoted him to third place. This was incredible for him as he had started 10th on the grid. With Magnussen’s car just taken off the track, another crash occurred with Charles Leclerc hitting one of the corners at a high speed. Fortunately, he was okay but was heavily winded and was able to leave the cockpit himself.
Sainz hustled Gasly to the flag, with McLaren bidding to win their first race since 2012, but it was the French driver who prevailed to claim his maiden Grand Prix win. Gasly was in tears as he crossed the line, screaming in joy following a massive win. Hamilton finished in seventh place and appeared distraught at the decision made to give him a penalty.