Gasly and Hamilton among the six drivers called up over F1 sprinting incidents in Brazil


Gasly is just two penalty points away from an F1 race ban following a string of incidents so far this season, speaking earlier this week about finding the situation “embarrassing”.

But Gasly will be back in the stewards’ room tonight, having been summoned for driving too slowly during the reconnaissance laps to the starting grid prior to the sprint race.

Race director Niels Wittich’s notes informed drivers to stay within the maximum time between the two safety car lines set up after practice, as is standard procedure at all races to ensure they do not drive too slowly.

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A similar summons was issued to Williams driver Nicholas Latifi at the Mexican Grand Prix two weeks ago, but he was only given a warning, meaning Gasly can avoid increasing his penalty points total.

Gasly is not the only one who is confronted with a visit to the stewards after the sprint race at Interlagos, with three stewards being called up for a possible violation of the starting procedure.

Race management identified a possible violation by Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Zhou Guanyu during the sprint race, with the stewards confirming they would investigate the matter after the race.

It could cast doubt on Hamilton’s third place, but Mercedes technical director Andrew Shovlin felt the onboard showed Hamilton had stayed well within his grid box.

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03

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“It may be down to the positioning in the box, but we’ve got it on board and it looks like we’re being very, very conservative in where we’ve positioned it in terms of the line,” Shovlin said on Sky Sports after qualifying .

“I don’t know if it was a sensor problem. From the images we’ve seen, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that we were outside those boxes.”

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The latest incident under investigation by the stewards concerns the two Alpine drivers, Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso, who collided twice on the first lap of the sprint race.

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Ocon and Alonso touched in turn 4 when Ocon dove into his teammate, after which the stewards ruled after an initial assessment that no further investigation into what happened was necessary.

But their collision in the straight, where Alonso was left angry after losing part of his front wing when he made contact with Ocon’s right-rear tire while setting up a pass, is under investigation.