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Gasly to start Azerbaijan GP from the pit lane

  • Published on 26 Apr 2019 18:40
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Pierre Gasly has been forced to start the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the pit lane after he missed the FIA weigh bridge at the end of FP2.

The Stewards stated that the Red Bull driver  “failed to stop for weighing when required to do so.

“Instead, he drove on and proceeded to do a pit stop where the car was worked on by lifting the car and all four wheels were changed, in breach of Article 29.1 a).

"Under Article 29.1 a) the penalty for this infringement is specified to be for the car to start from the pit lane and we so order.”

Formula 2 driver Mahaveer Raghunathan was also given the same penalty after he missed the call to the weigh bridge at the end of practice this morning.

Gasly has struggled to match teammate Max Verstappen so far in 2019, but picked up his best result of the season last time out in China, crossing the line in sixth place.

Article 29.1 (a) of the Sporting Regulations reads: “Any driver who fails to stop when asked to do so, and then fails to bring the car back to the FIA garage, or if work is carried out on the car before it is returned to the FIA garage, will be required to start the race from the pit lane.”

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  • Oh dear... What a stupid penalty to dish out, and what a stupid way to get a penalty...

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    • Apr 26 2019 - 18:55
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    too much pressure, is he out of his depth in a RB? Not impressed so far .. but who else?

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    • Apr 26 2019 - 22:48
    • Kvyat, maybe? Or a Ricciardo return?

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      • Apr 26 2019 - 23:30
    • xoya

      Posts: 552

      As much as I'd like seeing Kvyat back at RB, I highly doubt that they would bring him back after everything.
      They should probably give Gasly at least a full season to prove himself and keep in mind that not every driver is Max Verstappen. Though, even he made many bad mistakes before he became what he became.

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      • Apr 27 2019 - 11:14
  • He should be better with more seat time.

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    • Apr 27 2019 - 01:36
  • f1ski

    Posts: 628

    albon is waiting

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    • Apr 27 2019 - 12:43

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