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Meet Pierre Gasly, F1’s Next Fashion Darling

Some of us have to wait decades to figure out what it is that we want to do with our lives, but Pierre Gasly was just 6 years old when he discovered his dream. “The first time I jumped into a go-kart, I was like, This is just my life,” the 28-year-old French Formula One driver told me from the BWT Alpine F1 Team’s hospitality unit at the Monaco Grand Prix. “I want to become a Formula One driver.”

Born in Rouen, the capital of Normandy, to a racing family—his father, Jean Jacques Gasly, participated in karting, endurance racing, and rallying, while both of his paternal grandparents were karters, his grandmother a champion—Gasly grew up watching other people drive. But it wasn’t until he put his foot on a gas pedal that everything clicked. “The feeling of driving and speed and being that close to the floor,” he said, trailing off slightly as if lost in an early memory. “From 6 years old, I was just obsessed with racing.”