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Pierre Gasly is Perilously Close to Formula 1 Ban

Pierre Gasly now has ten penalty points, just two points away from a race ban

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
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UNITED KINGDOM: Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly was penalised at the Mexican Formula 1 GP for a dangerous overtake on Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll. Pierre Gasly has collected ten penalty points on his super license.

All of the ten points were accumulated since May, which means that Pierre Gasly will have to avoid getting penalty points till May next year. There are two Formula 1 races left this year and a further seven races next year until the first of his penalty points gets revoked.

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Pierre Gasly gets a penalty for overtaking Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll

Pierre Gasly’s latest penalty came with a five-second penalty for forcing Lance Stroll off the track while attempting to overtake the Canadian racer at turn 4 of the Autodromo Hermano Rodriguez track. He didn’t hand the position back, which triggered the penalty. If he had given up the position, he might have escaped without consequences. 

The penalty points in Formula 1 are handed out due to driving infringements and expire after twelve months. If a driver accrues a total of twelve points within twelve months, the driver will be banned from competing in one Formula 1 weekend. 

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Lewis Hamilton is one of the two Formula 1 driver who currently don’t have any penalty points on their super license. His Mercedes teammate has four points that he collected at the Austrian GP and the US GP, both of which were given for causing a collision. 

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has five points while his teammate Sergio Perez has two, which he got after he failed to maintain proper distance behind the safety car. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has one point. Meanwhile, his teammate doesn’t have any penalty so far. 

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Lando Norris has a solitary point which will expire in July 2023. Daniel Ricciardo managed to rack up six points this season, the first of which will expire in March. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon have four and five points, respectively. 

Pierre Gasly has ten penalty points. If he is involved in one more on-track incident, he risks a race ban. His teammate, Yuki Tsunoda, is similarly placed in a precarious position with eight penalty points. Fortunately for him, the first of his penalty points will expire in November this year. 

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel has just two points, whereas his teammate Lance Stroll carries five. Alex Albon currently has seven points, while William’s teammate, Nicholas Latifi, has five. Haas drivers Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen had one and two points on their super licenses, respectively. 

Alfa Romeo duo of Valtteri Bottas and rookie Guanyu Zhou had one and four points to their names, respectively. 

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