Alpine driver Pierre Gasly has avoided the risk of a Formula One race ban by dropping two of the 10 penalty points he had accrued for minor offences over the past year. In F1, 12 points within a 12-month period results in an automatic suspension. Gasly had earned his first two points while driving for AlphaTauri during the Spanish Grand Prix in May 2021 when he collided with Aston Martin‘s Lance Stroll.
Thankfully for Gasly, last Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola was canceled, so he did not incur any further penalty points before the ones from Spain expired. However, Gasly still has the most penalty points of any driver on the starting grid.
Formula One stewards have adopted a new approach to penalty points this season, limiting them to incidents of unsafe driving rather than breaches of sporting rules, such as exceeding track limits. Gasly had received four points for collisions, two for speeding after red flags were waved, two for lagging behind the safety car, and two for repeatedly exceeding track limits and gaining an unfair advantage.
The upcoming Monaco Grand Prix is next on the F1 calendar and is one of the most high-profile races of the year. It will be interesting to see how Gasly performs and whether he can avoid any further penalties, while also keeping his driving within the safe and fair guidelines set by the stewards.