Pierre Gasly says it’s “embarrassing” to be on the verge of a Method 1 race ban for racking up too many penalty factors.
F1 drivers are allowed to build up 12 factors on their superlicence in a 12-month interval earlier than an automated one-race ban is triggered, with Gasly at present sitting on 10.
Factors are wiped from the file after one yr, however the French driver is just not set to lose any till Could 2023, with that being 9 races away.
Confronted with the prospect of being the primary driver to be banned beneath the system, the AlphaTauri driver admits it’s “embarrassing.”
Gasly on race ban
“I’m not going to lie, it’s a very disagreeable scenario and fairly delicate,” Gasly advised media, together with RacingNews365.com forward of the Brazilian GP.
“In some methods, it’s also fairly embarrassing to be in a scenario the place I may very well be banned for a race after the season I’ve completed, and I do not actually really feel I have been significantly harmful over these previous 12 months.
“It might positively be a harsh penalty, and there was lots of dialogue with the FIA to attempt to discover a resolution [going forward].
“I need to end the season in one of the best ways with AlphaTauri, and I need to do all of the races in 2023 and get the utmost probabilities to carry out for Alpine.
“There’s a lot at stake as a result of no-one is aware of what will occur in 2023.
“I might find yourself with an incredible automotive, combating for the championship for instance and I can not take the chance to be banned for a race and lose all my hopes for the championship.
“It’s a very difficult scenario.”
Gasly confirms discussions with FIA
Gasly’s 10 factors have been by way of quite a lot of causes, particularly inflicting collisions (4 factors), exceeding monitor limits (one), dashing beneath crimson flag circumstances (two), forcing one other driver off the monitor (one), and falling too far behind the Security Automobile (two).
The Alpine-bound driver is eager to debate with the FIA the best way penalty factors are handed out.
“I have been discussing rather a lot with the FIA to attempt to discover options, as a result of the best way the rules are written in the intervening time, it’s fairly strict on the drivers,” he mentioned.
“There are fairly harsh penalties, regardless that it isn’t at all times associated to harmful driving and positively the penalties have an enormous reflection on the crew and the Drivers’ Championship.
“I hope we’re going to have extra conversations and may discover a resolution this weekend to keep away from ending up in a foolish scenario the place I will be banned for a race and that shall be horrible for myself.
“It isn’t the best way I noticed [F1] rising up and do not assume it’s the right strategy.
“As a result of I can not actually go into subsequent yr solely two factors [off a ban] and that threat hanging over my head.”
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