Pierre Gasly: ​​AlphaTauri driver says possibility of F1 race for penalty points ‘uncomfortable’ and ’embarrassing’

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Pierre Gasly says it is “uncomfortable” and “embarrassing” to be on the brink of a one-race ban from Formula 1.

Pierre Gasly says it is “uncomfortable” and “embarrassing” to be on the brink of a one-race ban from Formula 1.

Pierre Gasly has called on the FIA ​​to change regulations that have left him on the brink of a ban for breaching Formula 1’s penalty points limit.

Gasly collected 10 penalty points for the season at the Mexico City Grand Prix, leaving the AlphaTauri driver just two short of the 12-point mark, which would trigger a one-race ban if caught.

Penalty points do not apply to driving licenses until a year after they were awarded, meaning this weekend’s Sao Paulo race is the first of nine races – spanning this season and next – in which Gasly will have the chance of a ban. hanging over him.

The Frenchman, who will move to Alpine at the end of the season, is adamant that the offenses he has committed are not significant enough to merit a very rare suspension.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s a very uncomfortable situation and quite sensitive, in some ways a bit embarrassing to be in a position where I could be banned after the season I’ve had,” Gasly said. Thursday in Brazil.

“I don’t really think I’ve been particularly dangerous over the last 12 months and it would definitely be a tough penalty.

Gasly received 10 penalty points after this incident with Lance Stroll at the Mexico City GP

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Gasly received 10 penalty points after this incident with Lance Stroll at the Mexico City GP

Gasly received 10 penalty points after this incident with Lance Stroll at the Mexico City GP

Otmar Szafnauer, who will be Gasly’s manager next season, has joked that his on-the-road driver should commit a “tactical error” in Brazil to ensure he serves his penalty with the AlphaTauri, but the Alpine team boss more seriously hinted at the possibility that the Frenchman attended the game. category that would result in scores being cleared.

Gasly is adamant that he should not have to miss a race for either his current or future team.

“(There is) definitely a lot of discussion with the FIA ​​to try to find a solution because personally I want to participate in all the races,” he said. “I want to finish the season as best as I can with AlphaTauri.” I want to do all the races in 2023 and have the opportunity to play for Alpine.

“Obviously the stakes are high because nobody knows what’s going to happen in 2023, I could have an amazing car in the fight for the championship for example. I can’t take the risk of losing all my championship hopes then. So it’s a very difficult situation .

Stroll spun his Aston Martin after making contact with AlphaTauri's Gasly in the Spanish GP

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Stroll spun his Aston Martin after making contact with AlphaTauri’s Gasly in the Spanish GP

Stroll spun his Aston Martin after making contact with AlphaTauri’s Gasly in the Spanish GP

“I’ve been discussing it quite a bit with the FIA ​​trying to find solutions because the way the regulation is written at the moment, it’s pretty strict with drivers and pretty harsh penalties, even though it’s not always related to dangerous driving. .”

“We’re going to have more conversations today and I hope we can find solutions after the weekend to avoid getting into a silly situation where I get banned. That would be terrible for me and certainly not how I’ve seen the sport growing up, I I don’t think that’s the right approach.”

How did Gasly get penalty points?

Gasly’s most notable offenses in accumulating his 10 penalty points have been for causing collisions, the first of which was with Lance Stroll in Spain in May.

Another collision, this time with Stroll’s Aston Martin team-mate Sebastian Vettel, followed in Austria in July, with each incident resulting in a two-point penalty. Gasly received an additional one-point penalty for crossing track limits in Austria.

He was then embroiled in a major controversy at the Japanese GP in October when he was penalized for speeding under a red flag, the incident having occurred when an emergency car had been prematurely sent on track in wet conditions.

Gasly criticizes what he describes as the

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Gasly criticizes what he describes as the “unnecessary” use of life-saving cranes by the Japanese GP, saying it was a disrespect to the memory of Jules Bianchi.

Gasly criticizes what he describes as the “unnecessary” use of life-saving cranes by the Japanese GP, saying it was a disrespect to the memory of Jules Bianchi.

Gasly later said he had feared for his life because of the vehicle’s presence, but was criticized by the FIA ​​during a race review.

Another two-point penalty followed in the US race after Gasly failed to stay within 10 lengths of the car in front during safety car conditions.

The Frenchman then picked up 10 penalty points at the Mexico City GP after another incident with Stroll, where he was adjudged to have forced the Aston Martin off the track.

What do the other drivers think?

Mercedes driver George Russell, who is president of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, was one of several drivers to speak out in Gasly’s defense on Thursday.

George Russell, Mercedes

I don’t think the punishment fits the crime, shall we say, especially in Pierre’s case. I think he got something for a safety car violation, or an incident in practice. If anything would result in a ban, it would certainly have to be for something rather reckless and dangerous.

I personally do not associate Pierre as a reckless or dangerous driver. It’s actually something we talked about earlier in the year around Barcelona after some drivers got penalty points for incidents.

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I hope he gets away with not getting banned because he certainly doesn’t deserve it. And if he somehow manages to get 12 penalty points, there has to be some exemption because the rules are not in the right place at the moment in that regard.

Certainly they (the FIA) have expressed to us that they are going to have a conversation during the holidays and go over all of this.

I think that in sports you have to be able to adapt. You have these rules in place and it only takes one incident to admit that maybe the regulation isn’t quite right and we need to have the ability to change things or take penalty points afterwards if we all agree it was wrong.

Alex Albon, Williams

I’m also pretty high (in penalty points). I completely agree with Pierre.

Just to give this some context, I think I have three points on my license down to the limit, which is something that is not dangerous at all, I am not harming any other driver or myself in that situation.

I think I got two more points in relation to a collision with Lance Stroll in Jeddah which at the end of the race, as drivers, we thought was not my fault. So there are a lot of points on my license that I don’t feel I deserve.

We are discussing it; I think there is going to be a change.

First, we’ve already received the points on our license, so what happens next? Even if we take a step forward next year, will the points we have received from previous years and tournaments be maintained?

We need to do something about it, I don’t think any of us are dangerous drivers. I understand of course that you should penalize drivers if they do dangerous things, but I don’t think the points everyone has now are because of dangerous things.

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo

I think discussions have already taken place. I think it’s better to have it on board, but my understanding is that some changes will be made for the future.

Granted, some of the things these guys have gotten points for aren’t dangerous at all. They (points) should only be given when they are very dangerous and (in situations) that can harm someone else on the track.

I think we will see progress but I don’t think Pierre deserves to be in that position on the sidelines. That is the rule now, but the main thing is how we react in the future.

Sergio Perez, Red Bull

I feel like there are things that aren’t even related to his driving and we get points for that. When it is not related to bad driving or mistakes, there should be no punishment. It will be really bad if he ends up losing a race for that.

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