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Pierre Gasly

Gasly expects talks over impeding: It's out of our control

After impeding incidents during qualifying at recent race weekends, Pierre Gasly – who was penalised over the offence at the Spanish Grand Prix – has explained the challenges involved.

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Pierre Gasly is expecting the issue of impeding to be discussed at the next Formula 1 race weekend after various incidents in recent qualifying sessions.

The Alpine driver was issued with two penalties for separate impeding offences in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, demoting him from P4 on the grid to P10.

Two weeks later at the Canadian Grand Prix, Gasly was impeded himself by the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz as the Frenchman approached the last corner of his final Q1 attempt, leaving him unable to progress out of the elimination zone.

Gasly – who subsequently qualified in P17 – was furious about the incident and immediately exclaimed over team radio that Sainz should be "banned".

The Spaniard was handed a three-place grid penalty for the occurrence, but Gasly believes that the topic will continue to be discussed going forwards.

Gasly expects impeding talks

"I was on the other side in Barcelona," Gasly told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"The only thing that I tend to disagree a bit [with] is when you impede someone that finished on pole position, it's different than when you impede someone in a way that kicks him out of Q1 or Q2.

"Clearly the damage was not only in qualy, but clearly in the race. Your whole weekend is affected by it. Maybe that needs a review, but honestly this is out of our control. I'm sure it's going to be talked about at the next race.

"At the moment, I just hope for a clean and smooth weekend and that's what we'll target in Austria."

Challenges of traffic management

While Gasly acknowledges that traffic management often poses a challenge, he feels that there is a "limit" to what drivers should do in their attempts to find clear air.

"Traffic management is always so hard in all categories, and you need help and support from your team," Gasly explained.

"We're all selfish as racing drivers, but at some point there is a limit to it.

"As much as [there's a] big gap you want to create in front of you sometimes, you've just got to accept that you're not going to have six seconds or four seconds, and you're going to give an extra two seconds for the guy who's posting a lap behind you.

"It's just finding that compromise and definitely in Q1 it's harder than [in] other sessions. But yeah, we'll review."

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