Pierre Gasly criticized Kevin Magnussen, accusing him of forcing him off the racing track. This incident was likened by Gasly to the two incidents in which Max Verstappen impeded others during qualifying, and for which Verstappen received reprimands. The lack of a similar sanction for Magnussen stirred surprise among drivers and teams, given that such actions usually warrant grid penalties. This incident raised concerns about the unfaltering consistency of decisions from stewards.
Gasly himself has encountered numerous penalties throughout the year of 2022 and was at one point nearly subjected to a race ban. This is not the first time he has found stewards’ decisions questionable. About his encounter with Magnussen, Gasly stated, “I just asked if he can push someone off the race track when I’m going to pass him, I’m going to give him a little nudge and do the same. I’m not going to open the topic – it’s just, make it black and white.”
Gasly expressed confusion over the racing regulations and how they are implemented. He said, “I was pretty surprised [after qualifying] and again on Sunday. I don’t fully understand the regulation. I read the regulations, I know the regulations, but then it doesn’t always translate to what happens on the track.” Despite his concerns, he clarified that the incident did not significantly impact his race, although he found it unfair at times.
In an open discussion, Gasly said, “It might be the way I look at things, I don’t know. I’ll have a discussion [with the FIA] because to me it’s just, I don’t fully understand.” He pointed out the disparity in the penalty he received in Barcelona for impeding, compared to the lacking restrictions on similar incidences he had observed. As for Magnussen’s aggressive driving, Gasly stated, “He said it before the race, I think he said ‘I’m not going to make anyone’s life easy’, and clearly he took his words as they were. I knew he was going to take it on the limit… at the end, I finished P6, so I don’t really care.”
Despite his reservations concerning the stewards’ decision-making, Gasly expressed contentment following Alpine‘s recovery after facing a challenging Italian Grand Prix. There were still disappointments, though, including a gearbox failure costing fellow driver Esteban Ocon crucial points. Gasly reflected on the team’s performance, saying, “We had such a tough Monza… We knew the track layout didn’t favour us, but it was important just to get some sort of performance and prove it to ourselves. So this is what happened.” He remarked on the missed opportunity for both cars to have ended up in 6th and 7th place, expressing regret over the loss of Ocon’s car and the crucial points. However, he ended on a positive note stating that the team’s potential is evident, especially in Sundays’ races.