Grosjean, Gasly evade penalty after collision

  • 24 Nov 2018 15:28
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Romain Grosjean and Pierre Gasly have both escaped penalties following their coming together during the third free practice session in Abu Dhabi. The two Frenchmen made contact towards the end of the session, when Gasly was on a fast lap.

Grosjean was on the racing line coming around Turns 15 and 16. As Gasly pulled up alongside him on the entry to Turn 17, he raised his hand in frustration and the two came together, resulting in minor bodywork damage to the Toro Rosso.

Both men were seen shaking hands when Grosjean went to the Toro Rosso garage to apologise. They were called to the Stewards' office following the conclusion of the final practice session, however no penalties were handed out.

"The driver of car 10 [Gasly] conceded that he did not think the driver of car 8 [Grosjean] was able to see him and it was noted that the closing speed differential was well in excess of 120 km/h," read a statement from the Stewards. "The driver of car 8 received no warning from his team by radio and stated that he had no visibility of car 10's rapid approach.

"He stated had he known car 10 was approaching he would have moved completely off the track. Instead he turned into the corner, somewhat off the racing line but in doing so came into contact with car 10 which was on a push lap, and was unable to avoid it due to the very high speed differential."

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