Pierre Gasly calls for Max Verstappen to be ‘penalised every race’

Michelle Foster
AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly and Red Bull's Max Verstappen laugh together at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. Monte Carlo, May 2022. F1 penalty points

AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly and Red Bull's Max Verstappen laugh together at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. Monte Carlo, May 2022.

Expecting Max Verstappen to put on a show as he fights back from his P15 grid position at Spa, Pierre Gasly says the Red Bull driver “should be penalised every race”.

Verstappen has been in a league of his own at the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, 0.8s up on Friday before taking pole position by six-tenths ahead of Carlos Sainz.

He will, however, line up down in 15th place on the grid after a slew of engine penalties as Red Bull changed most of his engine parts, including putting in a new ICE.

With a fresh engine at his disposal, and an RB18 that “just fits like a glove” with the Spa circuit as Nico Hulkenberg put it, rivals and pundits alike are predicting he’ll charge through the field.


AlphaTauri driver Gasly says it will be a treat for the fans to watch.

“When I saw how fast Max is,” he told Sky Sports, “it occurred to me that he should be penalised every race and always start from the back so much he would win anyway.

β€œHe is incredibly fast and I think he will win the race, for sure.

“He’s impressive and he’s in a category of his own right now. I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

“The fans will enjoy watching his race.”

George Russell is also expecting the championship leader to put in an epic recovery drive.

The Mercedes driver said according to F1-Insider.com: “I think Max will plough through the field and probably win the race quite comfortably. He and Red Bull are just miles ahead of everyone else.”

But while Verstappen isn’t dreaming of a race win just yet, the Dutchman admits he’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t finish inside the top three.

β€œWe need to move forward,” he said. β€œI think especially with a car like this, it will be a shame not to be on the podium.”

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko hopes he’s right.

“We’re optimistic for the race, close to the podium is possible,” he told Sky Germany. “If there are incidents and the Safety Car at the right moment, maybe even more is possible.”

Pressed as to whether he was talking about the possibility of a race win, he replied: “I wouldn’t rule it out either.”