Welcome to GPFans

CHOOSE YOUR COUNTRY

  • NL
  • GB
  • FR
  • ES-MX
  • GB
Perez claims Gasly lucky to escape punishment for near-miss
WK2022
Russell sets ambitious 2023 F1 target
24
F1 LIVE - FIA reveal shocking level of toxic abuse
Red Bull set for thrilling championship homecoming celebration
Magnussen boasts added weight in Schumacher advice
Mercedes highlight pivotal moment in F1 turnaround
Alonso makes Aston Martin prediction after luckless season
Wolff confirms Hamilton winter contract talks
Hamilton steps up at Mercedes as Ferrari line up Binotto replacement - GPFans F1 Recap
Mercedes pinpoint W13 early warning signs
Bottas issues verdict on maiden Alfa Romeo campaign
Albon uncovers challenge in quest for Williams fix
3
FIA close Mercedes front wing loophole
F1 circuits - How long are their contracts with F1?
1
Schumacher reacts to Ecclestone "forget F1" advice
Perez claims Gasly lucky to escape punishment for near-miss

Perez claims Gasly lucky to escape punishment for near-miss

F1 News

Perez claims Gasly lucky to escape punishment for near-miss

Perez claims Gasly lucky to escape punishment for near-miss

Sergio Perez believes Pierre Gasly was fortunate to escape a penalty for ignoring blue flags at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was chasing down Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in the final stint of the season after moving to a two-stop strategy, providing him with fresher tyres for a late onslaught.

Mexican Perez eventually ended the race 1.3secs adrift of Leclerc, but the result could have been different had he not been held up by Gasly's AlphaTauri during his charge.

When Perez came up to lap the Frenchman, Gasly was locked into battle with Alex Albon's Williams.

With Gasly swinging wide on entry to turn six with three laps remaining, Perez moved to the inside, only for the AT03 to come back across the apex, narrowly avoiding contact.

Asked how crucial the situation was for his race against Leclerc, with the Monégasque consequently taking second in the drivers' standings, Perez replied: "Well, I certainly lost a bit, probably a second or so or probably more.

"There were clearly blue flags, but he was in a fight and it's pretty hard not to give up the position.

"I think he was thinking to go for the move but I just end up being there and I thought he left it open.

"I went for it and luckily I could brake at the last minute otherwise there would have been contact.

"In normal conditions that will certainly be a penalty for Pierre but it is the last race. It's how it goes sometimes."

Ontdek het op Google Play