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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 17: Pierre Gasly of France and BWT Alpine F1 Team and Mohammed Ben Sulayem of UAE and the FIA on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 17, 2023 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Qian Jun/MB Media/Getty Images)

Gasly calls for clarification on FIA’s penalty regulations

The French driver has raised issues with the FIA over their inconsistency with applying penalties

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After an incident in the Singapore Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly has questions about the FIA’s processes.

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Gasly on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit (Image Credit: Mark Thompson – Getty Images)

The Alpine driver called out Kevin Magnussen during Sunday’s race for allegedly pushing him off the track, an incident that ultimately garnered no penalty.

How the FIA reviews and decides penalties in these situations is not a new topic of debate, especially not for Gasly. He was recently close to a race ban due to accumulating penalty points for minor infringements.

Gasly, speaking about the incident with Magnussen after the race, commented: “I just asked if he can push someone off the race track when I’m going to pass him, I’m going to give him a little nudge and do the same. I’m not going to open the topic – it’s just, make it black and white.

“I was pretty surprised [after qualifying] and again on Sunday. I don’t fully understand the regulation. I read the regulations, I know the regulations, but then it doesn’t always translate to what happens on the track.

“But to be fair, it didn’t change my race. I got the best out of it so it was fine but a couple of times it’s just unfair to me.”

Further discussions

This issue is one Gasly may be hesitant to raise, but he plans to discuss it further with the FIA to gain more understanding.

“It might be the way I look at things, I don’t know,” he said. “I’ll have a discussion [with the FIA] because to me it’s just, I don’t fully understand.

“I’m not going to question more etcetera, but I’ve had tough decisions against me, with a six-place penalty in Barcelona this year for impeding, and it was definitely way less than what I’ve seen yesterday. Maybe now this is allowed. I don’t know, I’ll ask.”

Ultimately, Gasly has no qualms with Magnussen concerning this issue, saying: “He said it before the race, I think he said ‘I’m not going to make anyone’s life easy’, and clearly he took his words as they were.

“I knew he was going to take it on the limit. It was once or twice slightly over but at the end, I finished P6, so I don’t really care.”

Feature Image Credit: Qian Jun/MB Media – Getty Images

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