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Gasly reacts agitated about late-race controversy

Late-race swap raises eyebrows and ignites Gasly’s post-race fury

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The Japanese Grand Prix delivered a surprising twist as Alpine driver Pierre Gasly found himself during a contentious racing moment.

Gasly and Ocon
Pierre Gasly of France and Alpine F1 and Esteban Ocon of France and Alpine F1 talk to the crowd on the fan stage prior to final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 16, 2023 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Gasly was ordered to let his teammate, Esteban Ocon, pass him on the race’s final lap, leaving both drivers in disbelief.

Throughout the race, Gasly and Ocon had already exchanged positions not once but twice. Ocon initially allowed Gasly to overtake him on lap 46 of the 53-lap race. This strategic move raised eyebrows due to its timing. However, the plot thickened when Gasly received an unexpected order from his team to surrender his position to Ocon just a few laps later.

Gasly’s reaction was one of astonishment. He questioned the seriousness of the instruction with his race engineer, Karel Loos. Eventually, Gasly complied with the order, yielding his position to Ocon at the final corner’s exit on the last lap. Nevertheless, he vehemently believed the decision was a “complete joke.”

Gasly shares his point of view

The aftermath of the race saw a visibly agitated Pierre Gasly. After completing the final lap, he vented his frustration by repeatedly striking his car’s steering wheel and the halo.

Gasly revealed that discussions about the team potentially swapping the running order of their cars had taken place before the race. However, he did not anticipate that the positions would be reversed again at the end of the race, and the lack of a clear rationale for this late-race swap left Gasly and spectators perplexed.

According to, Gasly explained:

“We both finished in the points, so there were positives and negatives.

“For the team, whether we do nine and 10 or 10 and nine, it’s all the same. I don’t see the point of doing that. On the last lap, I was asked to give Esteban my place, something that hadn’t been discussed before the race.

“I’d done better in qualifying, I was out in front, I had more pace. I don’t understand. It’s three more points for the team, but we’ll talk about the rest. We weren’t far from Alonso at the end. We have good pace in the race and less in qualifying.”

The controversy surrounding this incident has raised numerous unanswered questions about Alpine’s strategy in the Japanese Grand Prix.

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