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Pierre Gasly

Gasly on penalty points: I'm not the only one in trouble

The Frenchman is wary that the increased calendar could lead to more drivers getting caught out with race bans.

Gasly Alpine Abu Dhabi Test
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Pierre Gasly has warned that the current rules for Formula 1 superlicence penalty points could lead to more drivers receiving race bans.

The Frenchman accumulated 10 penalty points on his superlicence in 2022, with 12 the threshold to trigger a one-race ban.

Under the current rules drivers have to wait for 12 months before each point expires, and Gasly's next points are not set to expire until May 2023.

"I try not to think about that because I don't see myself as a silly driver or dangerous driver," he said to media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked about the points.

"I really hope we can have a review of the old system over winter because I believe I'm not going to be the only one in trouble if we keep it that way.

"It will be a shame to see four or five racing drivers banned for a race and having a championship with some guys missing out on a race."

Gasly: GPDA talk about it all the time

Gasly's comments support those made by McLaren CEO Zak Brown calling for a review into the system, and Alpine Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer also wanting to see change.

He also confirmed that it is something that the Grand Prix Drivers Association is frequently talking about during briefings.

"We talk about it all the time and some guys are only four points away with 24 races and six Sprint's next year," added Gasly.

"When it was introduced we had only 19 or 20 races, so clearly it would make sense to [allow] more points on this license.

"But I believe the FIA will look into this and find solutions to make it more fair for everyone."

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