Pierre Gasly says that Fernando Alonso did not race fairly against him during the Italian Grand Prix. After the safety car restart on lap 5, the pair were involved in a scuffle which left Gasly running off the circuit at Turns 1 and 4.
Gasly was forced to ride over the kerbs at Turn 1 and sustained damage the right side of his Toro Rosso's floor. The Frenchman went on to finish in P15, while Alonso retired with an engine issue shortly after the incident with Gasly.
Speaking after the race, the 22-year-old said: “Basically we came up after the safety car into Turn 1 side by side and I went on the outside and he pushed me completely out of the track.
“I tried to stay on track as much as I could but he just didn’t leave me the space so I had to jump over the kerb and then he also touched me and completely damaged all the right side of my floor. From there on, I think it was lap eight or something my car was completely broken and I was sliding everywhere."
Alonso was also involved in an incident with Kevin Magnussen on Saturday during qualifying, as the two ran side-by-side into Turn 1 while setting qualifying laps. The Spaniard announced during the summer break that he would be leaving F1 at the end of the season.
Gasly believes that since Alonso confirmed his future, he has been driving more aggressively: “I think for sure his outlook is a bit different because he knows he’s not going to be in Formula 1anymore next year so it looks like he is even more aggressive than he used to be.
“For me what he did was unfair and we know that if you are alongside you need to give the space of one car and today he didn’t. I know he doesn’t like us because we have the Honda engine but nevertheless. I think it’s not something to talk together but I’m not the kind of guy to make a big story out of things. If I have something to say I’ll tell him face-to-face.”
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