Gasly on ‘pain in the ass’ engine failure


Having lost one of his three penalty-free engines in Australia, Pierre Gasly says it is only a matter of time before he incurs engine penalties.

Despite a trouble-free pre-season with new engine partner Honda, Gasly found himself sidelined in Melbourne when his engine failed during Sunday’s race.

Going out in a plume of smoke, the Frenchman is now down to just two engines before penalties are dished out.

“For sure I’m not going to lie, it’s a pain in the ass to have it but that’s how it is and everyone will try to just make it as smooth as possible for the next races,” Gasly said.

“I think the regulation is tough for everyone. Testing went well with no issues at all so it was looking very good, so it’s just a shame that we faced it now.

“I would rather have it on the last day of testing and then come here with no issues.

“For sure it’s not going to be easy, it means probably at some point we will have a penalty but I don’t really want to think about it now. I just want to think about the next race and have a good weekend.”