How to stay friends when you're F1 rivals

How to stay friends when you're F1 rivals

As teenagers they were team-mates and in 2010 finished one-two in the French karting championship. Nine years later, childhood pals Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc race alongside each other in Formula 1, hoping to be on the podium together once more. JAMES ROBERTS spoke to Gasly to discover the origins of their friendship and how he's adapting to life at Red Bull...

There's always one, isn't there? Just after you've comfortably settled into your seat, clicked the seatbelt across your lap, and are scanning for a decent film on the seat's screen in front of you - someone asks you to move.

It was on the late-night flight out of Bahrain after this year's race that F1 Racing became aware of such a scenario unfolding: passengers being politely asked if they wouldn't mind moving seats so two chums could take up seats together. The architects of this kerfuffle, the two friends who became reunited at 30,000 feet, were none other than Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc.

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