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Gasly lost British GP points, Force India overtake McLaren

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Toro Rosso’s youngster Pierre Gasly has been given a five-second post-race penalty for hitting with Force India’s Sergio Perez during the British Grand Prix, the penalty resulted drop the French man from original tenth (lost final single point) to thirteenth.

But the post-race penalty benefitted Sergio Perez to 10th place and lifted Force India above McLaren in the constructors’ standings.

Gasly had trimmed the sausage kerb at turn sixteen and hit into the Perez’s Force India that forced the Mexican’s run through turns seventeen and eighteen, and this interruption permitting Gasly to sneak into tenth.

Force India are now a point clear of McLaren, who drop to seventh, and two points behind fifth-placed Haas.

“With two laps to go, Gasly pushed me off track,” said Perez, whose team mate Esteban Ocon finished seventh.

“I gave him enough space but that was not enough: we still made contact and I lost the place. I believe it was an unfair move.”

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.”

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