Lewis Hamilton congratulates first-time winner Pierre Gasly

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The chaotic race at Monza led to an unusual podium celebration with first-time F1 winner Pierre Gasly, second-placed Carlos Seinz and third-placed Lance Stroll.

However this probably wouldn’t have happened had Lewis Hamilton not been handed a 10 second stop and go penalty for entering the pitlane while it was closed.

Despite finishing in P7, Hamilton gave his highest praise to race winner Pierre Gasly.

“I need to say a huge congratulations for Pierre because that’s a fantastic result for him,” said the Briton.

“I’ve obviously seen what he’s been through from being dropped from the top team [Red Bull dropped Gasly in the middle of the 2019 season] and now he’s beat the top team.

“It’s such fantastic to see him recover and to generally see him grow. I am genuinely really happy for him.”

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Hamilton later said the young Frenchman deserves another opportunity with a top team.

“Pierre is just a really nice guy and he has a lot of talent and I don’t think he was necessarily treated fairly at Red Bull when he got demoted,” Hamilton explained.

“And it’s not easy for a driver when that happens, so I empathise with that.

“To then build the confidence up in a not-as-quick team and then come around with some really great performances he’s had this year already with that car and then to get a win, it is not easy.

“Really impressed. I think he has done a fantastic job. He deserves the success and hopefully that creates an opportunity for him moving forwards.

“Also, he beat the team that demoted him, so it’s gonna hurt for them.”

Hamilton also acknowledged Gasly in his subsequent social media post.

“I really want to acknowledge [Pierre Gasly] for his amazing win,” wrote Hamilton.

“It is so well deserved. For me, whilst I never like to lose I am grateful for the challenge. All we can do is continue to fight and never give up.

“To my guys, thank you all for continuing to push,” concluded the Briton.

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