As a one-race ban looms, Pierre Gasly has continued his push for Formula 1 to review its “silly” penalty points system.
The Frenchman found himself under the microscope after coming within just two points of receiving a sanction from the sport’s governing body.
The earliest he will drop any points is in May and he fears he won’t be the only driver to come close to the threshold.
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Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll is next on the list with eight points, Alex Albon of Williams has seven, and Stroll’s new teammate Fernando Alonso has six.
The aforementioned trio will all drop points earlier in the season than Gasly.
The AlphaTauri driver said more leeway needs to be given by the FIA with the increase in races for 2023.
In 2022, there were 22 grands prix and three sprint qualifying races. In 2023, there will be 23 grands prix, accounting for the cancellation of the Chinese Grand Prix.
There will, however, be twice as many sprint qualifying races, opening the door for more penalties to be imposed, according to Gasly.
The number of sessions has only increased marginally across the season, although some practice sessions have been dropped in favour of the qualifying races that arguably come with more jeopardy with wheel-to-wheel racing.
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“I try not to think [about it] because I see myself as not as a silly driver or dangerous driver,” Gasly said.
“I try to be careful with all the, let’s say, silly penalty points you could lose with procedures and stuff like that.
“So I try to be on top of that. I think my approach to racing has been the same.
“I really hope we can have a review on the whole system over winter because I do believe I’m not going to be the only one in trouble if we keep it that way.
“It will be a shame to see four or five racing drivers banned for a race and having a championship with some guys missing out on a race.”
Gasly said the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association has spoken about the issue “all the time”.
He believes the FIA will investigate the issue and find a solution in the interest of fairness.
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