According to Michael Masi, it is only logical that Pierre Gasly was penalized for the incident with Fernando Alonso on the first round of the Turkish Grand Prix. The FIA race director emphasizes that Gasly was completely to blame for the incident.
Gasly was given a five-second time penalty in the opening phase of the Turkish Grand Prix for causing a touch with Alonso. The Frenchman emphasized that he was trapped and could not go anywhere, but was still penalized. Initially, the stewards said Gasly was “primarily guilty” of the Alonso incident, but this was later changed to “fully guilty”. The stewards wrote in their verdict: “It should also be noted that the stewards do not see this incident as an unavoidable contact between two cars in the first corner of the first lap, because Gasly was not wedged between two cars when he entered the car. from Alonso.”
This is a striking conclusion from the stewards, as many people believed it was a racing incident because they felt that Gasly had no way out. There was a lot of criticism of the race management, but Masi does not agree. He states that at the beginning of this year, after extensive discussions with drivers and teams, the FIA decided to take a little more strict action against violations. “One of the agreements was that if a driver was fully responsible for an incident on the first lap, this would result in a penalty. The stewards determined that Pierre was fully responsible for the incident. As a result, a penalty was imposed. of five seconds,” he is quoted by Motorsport.com.
The race director emphasizes once again that if a driver is found to be fully guilty, there will be a penalty. “If both parties are at fault, or if several cars are involved, then it is a racing incident. But if one of the two cars is clearly at fault, there will be a penalty.” According to Masi, the investigation took a little longer because Sergio Pérez was also involved in the incident, but one could not help but conclude that Gasly was the guilty party.