Lewis Hamilton has suggested that Pierre Gasly’s victory at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix is likely to have hurt Red Bull, especially as the Milton Keynes-based outfit had a poor showing at Monza.
“I’m not sure he was treated fairly by Red Bull. I don’t think it was easy for him as a driver,” Hamilton said after the race.
“It’s not easy to regain confidence in another team, so I’m really impressed. He deserves this success and that should take him further.
“I think beating the team that demoted him [Red Bull] must hurt them.”
Red Bull failed to pick up a single point at Monza, but they’ll be hoping for better fortunes at the upcoming Tuscan Grand Prix.
Earlier, Lewis Hamilton said that it seemed like Max Verstappen was on his own at Red Bull in a slight against Alex Albon, who has struggled this season.
After the shock victory for Pierre Gasly, the Frenchman said he thinks he’s ready to return to Red Bull but added that it’s ultimately not his decision to make.
“I think I’m ready but as I said, it’s not up to me to make that call. When I get the right tools in my hand I’m really happy with the performance we’ve shown. I guess the strong results should be rewarded with something but we will see what happens.”
The win has propelled Gasly to eighth in the F1 Drivers’ Standings, just five points adrift of sixth-placed Albon.
Meanwhile, Scuderia AlphaTauri have cemented themselves as seventh in the Constructors’ Standings.
The Italian outfit is now just 14 points off Ferrari, who had an abysmal Italian GP, with neither of their drivers finishing the race.
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