‘Incompetent’ FIA slammed for not slapping Pierre Gasly with race ban

Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon ended the Australian Grand Prix early when the Alpine teammates collided moments after the second red flag restart.

After Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz collided with the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso in a chaotic restart at the Australian Grand Prix, the Alpine of Pierre Gasly was forced off the track.

Rejoining the circuit, Gasly didn’t spot his teammate, with Ocon ploughing into the back of his car, taking both Alpines out of the race.

“I don’t have anything to say. I’m just extremely disappointed,” Gasly said in a post-race interview. 

Addressing the situation, Ocon revealed that Gasly had apologised for the incident, claiming there are no hard feelings between the pair.

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“Pierre came back on the track and left me no room and we collided but no hard feelings,” he explained.

As Gasly currently has 10 penalty points on his race licence, the Frenchman is at risk of a race ban if he receives additional points for another incident before the 22nd May.

“It seems a little unfair that the FIA basically overlooked the Gasly-Ocon incident because they are teammates,” one Twitter use wrote, adding that “Alpine obviously didn’t want either driver penalised – but that shouldn’t really be a factor in the decision.”

“They are just scared to give him a Race Ban. He should have been penalised in Jeddah already,” another added.

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“FIA is so incompetent,” a Formula 1 fan claimed, expressing anger over the motorsport body after several questionable decisions in recent races.

Alpine tried to get some of Gasly’s penalty points removed from his licence to reduce the risk of him being banned from a race but this move was halted by rivals. 

The crash between the Alpine drivers saw the French team fall from fifth to sixth in the Constructors’ battle, as McLaren usurped them by finishing with a double points finish.