When a Formula 1 driver achieves his first victory he becomes a hero, at least for a few hours, in his country. In the case of Pierre GaslyIn addition, it ended a drought that lasted 24 years, since that of Olivier Panis in the chaotic 1996 Monaco GP.

When he stepped off the podium Italian GP and he fulfilled his commitments with the press, Gasly went to his room to get his mobile, which was full of messages and missed calls. Among them, there were some illustrious ones, like that of the very Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France.

“It was one of the most unexpected and best calls I’ve had in the last few hours,” confessed the AlphaTauri pilot. “He wanted to congratulate me, and he told me he was very proud and that the whole country was for what it had achieved. We have had to wait 24 years to hear the French anthem again on a Formula 1 podium. Those words coming from your president are always very moving and made me realize a little more of what I had achieved “, says a Gasly who is has vindicated after being demoted by Red Bull a year ago to team ‘B’.

Gasly has promised that he will answer all the messages, which after more than 48 hours he has not been able to finish reading. Among them there were also congratulations from people who admire other sports, such as football. Gasly is passionate about football and is declared fan of PSG, with whose shirt he has appeared in some Grand Prix, always coinciding with a success of his love team.

“I had many messages from people that I did not expect. Many footballers like Neymar, Mbappé, Dani Alves, Adrien Rabiot y Antoine Griezmann, but also basketball players, tennis players, cyclists … It’s crazy! I still don’t believe the messages and the support I have received, “he says.