Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso both go home with penalty points after the Turkish Grand Prix. Both drivers received penalty points on their license due to various incidents during the early stages of the race.
Pierre Gasly received penalty points after colliding with Fernando Alonso during the opening lap of the Turkish Grand Prix. The Frenchman entered the first corner with Alonso on the outside and Sergio Perez on the inside. There was not enough room for three drivers and Gasly tapped the Spaniard on the rear wheel. As a result, Alonso spun off the track. Gasly was given a five-second time penalty for the incident. He also received two penalty points on his license.
Alonso was able to continue the race but quickly ran into problems again. After his spin, he dropped to sixteenth position and battled Mick Schumacher for fifteenth place. Alonso wanted to overtake the Haas but hit the German’s right rear tire with his left front tire. Schumacher spun and fell back to nineteenth position. The Alpine driver was given a five-second time penalty for this collision.
A statement reads that the stewards put the blame on the Spaniard. “Alonso tried to overtake Schumacher as she approached Turn 4, but he was never in a position to complete the attack. He hit the rear wheel of Schumacher’s car, causing it to spin. The stewards determine that Alonso is predominantly guilty is.”
In addition to the time penalty, the stewards also gave Alonso two penalty points on his license for the incident. These are the Spaniard’s first penalty points since his return to Formula 1 this season. Gasly’s penalty points are three, after the two new points he was awarded during the Turkish Grand Prix.