AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly says he’s embarrassed to be one incident away from a possible race ban after amassing ten penalty factors on his superlicence this yr.
If Gasly notches up one other two factors on his licence earlier than Could subsequent yr, when the primary of his factors will expire, he will likely be compelled to overlook a race below F1’s penalty factors guidelines.
He was issued together with his tenth penalty level on the final race in Mexico when he ran Lance Stroll extensive at Flip 4 to take a place, and he was given the primary two of his present ten on the Spanish Grand Prix when he induced a collision with Stroll.
Solely 5 of his ten factors are a results of incidents with different drivers and Gasly, who’s discussing the difficulty with the FIA in an try to discover a decision, believes his driving requirements haven’t warranted a race ban.
“I am not going to lie, it is a very disagreeable state of affairs, and fairly delicate,” he mentioned forward of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. “In some methods additionally, it’s kind of embarrassing to be standing able the place I could possibly be banned for a race after the season I’ve finished.
“I do not actually really feel like I have been significantly harmful during the last 12 months, and that will undoubtedly be a harsh penalty. However there’s been loads of dialogue with the FIA, looking for an answer as a result of personally, I wish to do all of the races, I wish to end the season in the easiest way I can with AlphaTauri.”
Subsequent yr, Gasly will transfer from AlphaTauri to Alpine and he’s cautious that his precarious place might imply he misses a vital race together with his new crew subsequent season.
“I wish to do all of the races in 2023 and get the utmost probabilities to carry out for Alpine,” he added. “Clearly, there’s a lot at stake as a result of nobody is aware of what is going on to occur in 2023, I might find yourself with an incredible automotive, combating for the championship, for instance.
“I am unable to take the chance to be banned for a race and lose all my hopes for the championship. It is a very difficult state of affairs. I have been discussing quite a bit with the FIA to attempt to discover options, as a result of the way in which the laws are written for the time being, it is fairly strict on the drivers and fairly harsh penalties, although it isn’t all the time associated to harmful driving. Positively, the penalties have large repercussions on the groups and drivers within the championship.”
Gasly is hopeful a compromise will likely be discovered earlier than this weekend’s motion in Sao Paulo in order that he would not find yourself able the place he could possibly be banned from his last race with AlphaTauri.
“I do hope we’re going to have extra conversations right this moment however I do hope we will discover a answer forward of the weekend to finish up in a foolish state of affairs the place I will be banned for a race weekend. That might be horrible for myself and undoubtedly not the way in which that I’ve seen the game rising up. I do not suppose that is the proper strategy.
“Clearly, I am unable to actually go into subsequent yr with solely two factors and that danger over my head. However on the identical time, for the time being there is no such thing as a clear answer so hopefully there is usually a good plan going ahead for 2023.”