Oscar Piastri was left facing a grid penalty for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after the Australian was summoned to the stewards for allegedly impeding Pierre Gasly – but was later cleared after an investigation.
The Formula 1 rookie was accused of blocking the Frenchman at the end of Q3.
As things stand, Gasly will line up in P10, having set a best lap time of 1:24.548s, but the Alpine star had to avoid Piastri while going flat out through turn three.
“It’s extremely tight this weekend," he said after qualifying. "It’s been a bit of a messy one, pace has been there, just a lot of mistakes and last lap I made a little bit of a mistake as well but it would have been quite a last corner to get to the front.
“Happy with that, car is very quick this weekend, nice turnaround from Vegas for us. Happy to be back in the top three.
“I think practice, the pace was there, just there was a couple of big mistakes in every lap.
“I think I went into qualifying and I hadn’t done a clean lap all weekend. Made life a bit more difficult for myself.
“Q1, messy, Q2 got it together finally and it was pretty good in Q3 so happy with that. Close but not quite close enough.”
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