Gasly takes points from the back
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly climbed from last on the grid to finish 10th, just 1.2 seconds behind Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson. Gasly ran 17th early on after starting on hypersofts with the objective of stopping early to make the most of clear air. He stopped after five laps and dropped to the back. After a strong middle stint on supersofts, he stopped again for a second set of supersofts at the end of lap 26, again dropping to the back and running last until lap 44. He then jumped both Haas drivers when they pitted, and passed Sergey Sirotkin, Esteban Ocon and Brendon Hartley (the last-named as a result of team orders). He moved into the points when Daniel Ricciardo retired. Gasly did have one difficult moment when he ran off track after locking up trying to pass Ocon. Stewards investigated the incident and deemed Gasly had been left enough room. “We know that when we are close on track, there is a chance things happen,”said Gasly.“i think he wasn’t super-happy by the fact that starting last I managed to overtake him. He pushed me wide and I had to go off track.” Hartley was relegated to 14th after finishing 12th on the road thanks to a five-second penalty for not leaving Ocon enough space while battling with him. He accepted the punishment.