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Pierre Gasly

Gasly reveals talks with FIA after being left feeling 'quite mad'

Pierre Gasly was knocked out in Q1 at the Hungaroring after losing his best lap time for a track limits violation, which he has described as "very arguable".

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Pierre Gasly has shared that he spent time speaking with F1 Race Directors Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas following his track limits penalty at the Hungaroring.

AlphaTauri driver Gasly lost his best lap time in Q1 after he was deemed to have exceeded track limits at Turn 5, meaning he fell at the first qualifying hurdle.

Gasly's teammate, Yuki Tsunoda, and Haas' Mick Schumacher were also penalised for track limits infractions, while Red Bull's Sergio Perez initially had a lap time deleted before it was reinstated by the stewards.

Having started from the pit lane after power unit changes, Gasly managed to climb to 12th at the chequered flag, but was frustrated at missing out on more.

"[I'm] still quite mad about it," Gasly told media, including RacingNews365.com, after the race.

"From what I've seen, it's very arguable whether I was on track or off track. Similar things happened to Yuki and Checo [Perez], and from the onboards, they were clearly on the track."

Gasly's talks with the Race Directors

Gasly then shared details about a lengthy chat he had with Wittich and Freitas between qualifying and the race.

"I spent 40 minutes with them trying to discuss and find a way that everybody is happy," he commented.

"At the moment, they have a huge amount of work. They're not making their life very easy. Clearly in Turn 5 they didn't have the right tools to police it in the most fair way possible.

"We just spoke about solutions going forward to have first a more consistent way of policing it and making sure it's going in the right direction.

"They were quite open; I think they were expecting a feedback. I'll get back to all the drivers to see if over the next few weeks [we] can try to find a way to also provide some solution for them to make it better."

Aside from CCTV footage, Gasly added that "for whatever reason, I had the helmet cam, which didn't allow any other camera basically to check whether I was on track or not."

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