Gasly hits out af­ter los­ing 10th

Autosport (UK) - - RACE CENTRE | BRITISH GP -

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly says the de­ci­sion to hand his Bri­tish Grand Prix 10th place to Ser­gio Perez was “ridicu­lous”, and has called for more con­sis­tency from of­fi­cials. Gasly, who ran 12th early on, made con­tact with Perez at Club dur­ing the clos­ing laps at Sil­ver­stone as they bat­tled for 10th place, and af­ter re­view­ing the in­ci­dent the stew­ards gave Gasly a five-sec­ond penalty. That pro­moted Perez to 10th and dropped Gasly to 13th, with Stof­fel Van­doorne and Lance Stroll also ben­e­fit­ing. In ad­di­tion, Gasly re­ceived two penalty points. “For me it’s ridicu­lous, com­pletely ridicu­lous,”said Gasly. “That’s rac­ing, and hon­estly there was a re­ally small con­tact. “It hap­pens some­times. We have a two-me­tre wide car, on a track that is prob­a­bly 12 me­tres wide, so at some point some­times you have con­tact. Clearly this wasn’t a big hit. For me it didn’t de­serve to have a penalty. “And if you look at all the sit­u­a­tions that hap­pened in this race, be­tween [Kevin] Mag­nussen and [Ro­main] Gros­jean, no fur­ther ac­tion, [Car­los] Sainz [Jr] and Gros­jean, who com­pletely hit the wall, no fur­ther ac­tion. “For some­thing like this, a fivesec­ond penalty and two penalty points, it’s com­pletely ridicu­lous.”

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