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Pierre Gasly

Gasly on track limits confusion: "My grandma didn't understand a thing!"

Having been one of ten drivers to be slapped with a time penalty after the conclusion of the Austrian Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly is in favour of a more common-sense approach to track limits.

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Pierre Gasly has joined the chorus of Formula 1 drivers saying that solutions need to be found to Austria’s track limits fiasco.

In addition to 43 laps having been deleted during Qualifying, more than 80 laps were annulled during last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, with the FIA later admitting that over 1,000 instances of track limits infringements were reported.

Seven drivers were adjudged to have exceeded track limits during the race and were given time penalties, while a further 12 penalties were issued afterwards, meaning the result was not confirmed until four hours after the chequered flag.

Gasly was one of ten drivers to be slapped with a time penalty after the race, demoting him from ninth to tenth place, and the Frenchman suggested that a more common-sense application of the rules would be a better solution.

Gasly: More common sense needed

"The answer needs to be properly thought through, Gasly told media including RacingNews365.

"Because at times we, as drivers, always request consistency, but in other times, common sense just pushes you to have more case-specific and track-specific [approaches], like this weekend.

"43 lap times in Qualifying deleted just doesn't seem right, and my grandma in front of the TV, she didn't understand a thing, like what the hell is actually going on?

"Lewis [Hamilton] was once P1, and then two seconds later he's P18. It just doesn't seem right.

"I think Silverstone will be better, but it definitely needs to be reviewed on how we can make this better."

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