Gasly drops three places for Grosjean block

Date published: May 25 2019

Pierre Gasly has been given a three-place grid penalty for blocking Romain Grosjean during qualifying for the Monaco GP.

Pierre Gasly joins Antonio Giovinazzi in receiving a three-place grid penalty for blocking during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Red Bull man was on an out-lap but held the racing line, causing Haas’ Romain Grosjean to come perilously close to smashing into the back of the RB15.

“The driver of car eight [Grosjean] had to brake hard to avoid colliding with car 10 which was going slowly on a preparation lap, and was on the race line,” explained the stewards.

“At the time car eight was clearly the only car on a fast lap in the area, and while the stewards accepted that it was unlikely that the driver of car 10 had any opportunity in that sequence of turns to see car eight, the team admitted that they had failed to give any warning.

“The stewards therefore determined that car 10 unnecessarily impeded car 8 and imposed a three grid place penalty and consistent with past practice imposed one penalty point.”

Gasly will now start the race from P8, promoting Kevin Magnussen to P5, Daniel Ricciardo to P6 and Daniil Kvyat to P7.

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