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F1’s penalty system as “bulls–t” – Gasly

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Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly was given a five-second time penalty following post-race investigation for the Frenchman hit with Force India’s Sergio Perez, the youngster following losing his tenth-place single point.

Disappointed Gasly has labelled Formula 1’s penalty system as “bulls–t” – In the final classification, Gasly is dropped to 13th behind Stoffel Vandoorne and Lance Stroll, while Perez lifted to P10 and a championship point.

FIA statement regarding the Gasly’s penalty: “The Stewards reviewed video evidence, heard from the driver of car 10 (Pierre Gasly), the driver of car 11 (Sergio Pérez) and the team representatives,”.

“The Stewards felt that Gasly’s maneuvers were generally reasonable, and that he was attempting to make a good racing pass. Pérez left him sufficient room throughout. However, Gasly touched the sausage kerb at the apex of turn 16 which caused him to collide with Pérez.

This subsequently forced Pérez off the track on driver’s left before turn 17 and severely compromised his ability to race through turns 17 and 18, and Gasly was thus able to pass Pérez.

The Stewards determined that Gasly was wholly or predominantly to blame, and while the collision was light it led directly to the pass. Therefore the Stewards ordered a five-second penalty.”

Frustrated Gasly reacted via Twitter after the post-race penalty – “Five sec penalty, ridiculous… Every weekend there are contacts with no further action, that’s part of racing & what makes it exciting! Was close battle, I enjoyed it. Just let us race and stop all this bullshit with penalties! Will keep fighting.”

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