Gasly takes points from the back

Autosport (UK) - - RACE CENTRE -

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.

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