“Thought I was going to die in the car,” says Red Bull Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly, the Saudi Arabian Formula One Grand Prix in Jeddah was an ordeal and after the race, the Frenchman explained in no uncertain terms just how tough the race was.
From what can be described as rather an epic duel between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc at the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix; the racing certainly captivated the fans, despite the off track issues, namely the attack on an oil depot near the track on Friday. Then the Grand Prix weekend was marred by Mick Schumacher’s serious accident in qualifying on Saturday, certainly, the focus returned to the sport of Formula One, at least for the duration of the race.
But while there were TV cameras focusing on the front, the 50 laps on the street circuit in Jeddah apparently became torture for another driver:
“For me, the last 15 laps were the most painful of my entire career,” Pierre Gasly explained afterwards on Sky.
“I don’t know what happened to my intestines. I thought I was going to die in the car. I was screaming in pain.”
The driver of the Red Bull junior outfit Alpha Tauri went into further detail:
“In the last 10 laps, when I was braking and every time I took a left turn, I felt like someone was stabbing me in the gut. I was in massive pain.” At the end of the race, he said, he was “just counting down the laps. It was just a matter of survival for me.”
However, it is still unclear what caused the pain: “I’ve already been to the doctor, we’ll see what it was,” the 26-year-old explained further. “In any case, it was not a nice feeling.”
The Frenchman finished the grueling ordeal in 8th place.