Pierre Gasly felt hard done by at the Hungarian Grand Prix as he walked away from the race with no points for the fifth weekend running.
Gasly was eliminated in the first qualifying session in Budapest, but not before he had a lap time deleted for running off the racetrack, which he did not agree with.
The Frenchman ended up 19th with Yuki Tsunoda ahead in 16th, with the Japanese driver also taking the pain of a lap time deletion for the same offence.
In the second session, the stewards took a lap time away from Sergio Perez after they initially ruled that he had left the racetrack at Turn Five, before eventually realising that he still had two wheels on the track.
In a rare event, they decided to reinstate the Mexican’s lap, but that was not enough in what was a disappointing day for Red Bull as the 32-year-old was knocked out in 11th.
Gasly recovered to P12 in the race, while a spin for Tsunoda saw him finish 19th and last of the classified runners.
It was another miserable weekend for the Faenza-based squad, but Gasly is adamant that he should not have had his Q1 lap deleted.
“[I’m] still quite mad about it,” he told RacingNews365.com.
“From what I’ve seen, it’s very arguable whether I was on track or off track; similar things happened to Yuki and Checo, and from the onboards, they were clearly on the track.”
Track limits have been a key theme with race control this year ever since the Miami Grand Prix, when Fernando Alonso was penalised for leaving the track and gaining an advantage, despite his insistence that he had given the time back.
The Spaniard was then confused as to why Perez was not penalised for passing Charles Leclerc off the circuit in Silverstone, before over 43 track limits violations were recorded over the weekend in Austria.
As always, consistency is being called into question when it comes to the policing of track limits, so Gasly affirmed that it is important for everyone to collaborate and find a way to improve how track limits are judged fairly.
“I spent 40 minutes with them trying to discuss and find a way that everybody is happy,” added the 26-year-old.
“At the moment, they have a huge amount of work.
“They’re not making their life very easy, clearly in Turn Five they didn’t have the right tools to police it in the most fair way possible.
“We just spoke about solutions going forward to have first a more consistent way of policing it and making sure it’s going in the right direction.
“They were quite open, I think they were expecting a feedback.
“I’ll get back to all the drivers to see if over the next few weeks [we] can try to find a way to also provide some solution for them to make it better.”
AlphaTauri are currently eighth in the Constructors’ Standings, and remain seven points behind seventh-placed Haas after the American side also failed to score in Hungary.
Sebastian Vettel’s point last weekend moves Aston Martin to within seven points of the Red Bull junior team.