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Pierre Gasly

Gasly angry over 'stupid penalty points' after edging closer to race ban

After being hit with another penalty point at the Mexico City Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly is just two points away from a race ban, prompting the Frenchman to issue his displeasure at the situation.

Gasly Stroll
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Pierre Gasly has voiced his anger over 'stupid' penalties, after picking up a five-second time penalty and a point on his licence for forcing Lance Stroll off track while overtaking the Canadian in the early stages of the Mexico City Grand Prix.

The Frenchman now has 10 penalty points on his superlicence, with 12 points within a 12-month period resulting in an automatic one-race ban.

Gasly is not set to lose any of his existing points until May, meaning that, to avoid a ban, he will have to compete in the final two races of 2022 and the first seven races of next year without incurring two more points.

Speaking after the race, the Frenchman showed his anger at being hit with a retrospective sanction instead of being told immediately to give the position back to Stroll.

"I don't want one single question about the penalty because I’m tired of this," Gasly told media including RacingNews365.com.

"I'm a racing driver. If I see a gap, I go for a gap. If you're not happy about it, just tell me to give the position back and then I'll try again.

"I wasn't given any comments [to give the position back], so that's a shame.

"That's what they've done in the past, but for some reason not this time."

Gasly to seek FIA talks

Gasly also picked up two penalty points at the previous weekend's United States Grand Prix for falling more than ten lengths behind the Safety Car, and the Frenchman indicated that he would welcome talks with the FIA as he seeks to avoid any penalties in future.

"It's a shame it's the same story. It's just a shame to be involved in these incidents," said the Frenchman.

"I'll have to change my approach because every weekend it seems to be quite the same story, so I'll have to change something.

"This weekend was quite tight, I don’t know why I wasn’t given a message to give the position back.

"At the end of the day, I try my best inside the car, the last thing I want is to [pick up] stupid penalty points and lose race time.

"At the moment, they're unhappy with what I'm doing so I will have a discussion with them to understand exactly what I've got to change."

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