Pierre Gasly says the stewards should let the drivers race rather than hand out “ridiculous” penalties such as his post-British GP five-second time penalty.
Gasly was slapped with the time penalty in the wake of Sunday’s British GP as the stewards felt he had “severely compromised” Sergio Perez’s grand prix in their late-race battle.
As a result of the penalty, Gasly dropped from 10th to 13th and Perez scored the last point.
The stewards ruling read: “The Stewards felt that Gasly’s maneuvers were generally reasonable, and that he was attempting to make a good racing pass. Perez left his sufficient room throughout.
“However, Gasly touched the sausage kerb at the apex of turn 16 which caused him to collide with Perez. This subsequently forced Perez off the track on driver’s left before turn 17 and severely compromised his ability to race through turns 17 and 18, and Gasly was thus able to pass Perez.
“The Stewards determined that Gasly was wholly or predeominantly to blame, and while the collision was light it led directly to the pass.Therefore the Stewards ordered a 5 second penalty.”
Gasly, who prior to hearing about the penalty called it a “nice battle” with Perez, hit back at the ruling on Twitter.
“Five sec penalty, ridiculous…” he wrote.
“Every weekend there are contacts with no further action, that’s part of racing & what makes it exciting!
“Was close battle, I enjoyed it.
“Just let us race and stop all this bullshit with penalties! Will keep fighting.”
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