Pierre Gasly demands FIA ‘ban’ Ferrari driver

Carlos Sainz will start from P11 following a three-place grid penalty.

Carlos Sainz certainly made no friends on Saturday at the Canadian Grand Prix, with the Spaniard having been caught impeding several drivers.

It was an incredibly messy day for the 28-year-old, who was seen impeding his competitors both during Free Practice 3 and in qualifying.

All of the incidents took place ahead of the final chicane, at the Circuit de Gilles-Villeneuve.

In FP3, Sainz impeded Alex Albon twice, much to the Williams driver’s frustration.

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However, it was following an incident in qualifying which saw Sainz slapped with a three-place grid penalty.

In the closing seconds of Q1, Sainz dangerously impeded Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly at the entry to the final chicane, resulting in the Alpine driver cutting the corner.

Gasly was absolutely furious with the Spaniard, with the incident having costed the Frenchman a place in Q2.

He called for Sainz to “be banned” for impeding so dangerously, especially given how fast Gasly was approaching the corner.

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“Should be banned for such a thing! I’m coming at 300kph! What the f*** do they think?!” Gasly shouted over the team radio.

As a result of his grid drop, Sainz will start from P11, setting up a difficult Sunday for the Ferrari driver.

Sainz wasn’t the only driver to be slapped with a three-place grid penalty for impeding, with two others having been awarded a grid drop for a similar incident.

Lance Stroll was given a three-place grid drop ahead of his home race for blocking Gasly’s team-mate Esteban Ocon, dropping the Canadian to P16.

Yuki Tsunoda was another driver to be slapped with a three-place grid penalty, with the AlphaTauri driver having impeded Nico Hulkenberg in Q1.

Hulkenberg was also awarded with a three-place grid penalty, but not for impeding.

The German was given a grid drop for speeding whilst the circuit was under red flag conditions, following a crash for Oscar Piastri in Q3.

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As a result, Hulkenberg will start Sunday’s race from fifth rather than second, hampering his chances of a sensational result during the race.

The red flag was flown seconds after Hulkenberg set his lap fast enough for P2, with him having failed to slow down after setting it.

This has promoted Fernando Alonso to the front row and Lewis Hamilton to third, importantly putting the Briton on the clean side of the grid.