Pierre Gasly says drivers had been “like lions out of the cage” on the finish of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix because of the brief sprint to the chequered flag.
The race on the Baku Metropolis Circuit was red-flagged after 48 of 51 laps within the wake of Max Verstappen’s tyre failure alongside the primary straight.
Race Management opted to restart the race and to take action with a standing restart.
With lap 49 in impact a formation lap, as drivers ready to make their option to the brand new grid, the drivers lined up going through a two-lap dash to the end line.
Second-placed Lewis Hamilton went off at Flip 1, following a brake stability setting error, whereas Gasly prevailed in a fierce scrap for third with Charles Leclerc.
Fernando Alonso carved his option to sixth, Antonio Giovinazzi struck the rear of Daniel Ricciardo into Flip 2 – with each persevering with – whereas the Haas drivers had been embroiled in an in depth struggle on the ultimate lap as they battled for thirteenth.
“It at all times brings a bit extra pleasure,” mentioned Gasly on the standing restart.
“It creates some form of adrenalin inside you and yeah, I knew there can be some alternatives since you begin just for two laps, all people is a bit like lions out of the cage.
“Everyone goes for all the things and tries to make up as many positions as they’ll in a really brief time.
“I believe… I didn’t see the replay of the final two laps however I have to say on my facet it was very intense, I actually loved it. If something, hopefully sooner or later they are going to do the identical.”
Second-placed Sebastian Vettel additionally backed the choice to have a late restart however warned Method 1 towards changing into too synthetic.
“I believe when you have a optimistic final result and also you make up positions then you definitely’re glad about it,” he mentioned.
“If, clearly, the worst case was most likely for Lewis, then you definitely’re not glad about it.
“However it has grow to be increasingly more like this prior to now, increasingly more centered on making a present, so I hope that sooner or later the races are extra thrilling.
“I believe it was most likely an thrilling race for numerous issues taking place and so forth, however yeah, I believe we simply must be careful that it doesn’t grow to be too synthetic and we don’t lose the roots of the game.”