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FIA delivers hefty Gasly penalty after Spanish GP qualifying

The Alpine driver twice impeded rivals during qualifying at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Pierre Gasly has been handed a six-place grid penalty after being found guilty of impeding in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying. The Alpine driver delivered a fine performance to qualify fourth on the grid at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. But that fine work has been undone having been found to have twice impeded other drivers across the 60-minute session - first Carlos Sainz in the penultimate corner during Q1 and then Max Verstappen in the first sector later on. A stewards' report for the Verstappen incident read: "The team failed to give appropriate warning to the driver of Car 10, of the approach of Car 1, having told him that cars behind were on a slow lap." For his near-miss with Sainz, the report read: "The driver of Car 10 stated he was aware that the second Ferrari (Car 55) was behind but felt he could do nothing to avoid impeding because of the high speed delta and closeness of Car 55 to Car 16. "However, it is the view of the Stewards that he could have moved further to the right at the exit of turn 13." Gasly will now start the race from 10th on the grid.

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