Pierre Gasly was denied a lap in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix that could have allowed him to move into Q2 due to a track limit infringement, for that, the Frenchman was very upset even at the end of the Hungarian weekend.
“Still quite mad about it,” he said when asked by how the penalty had impacted his strategy. “Because from what I've seen, in the emails that 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. But anyway, that was it.”
“And from our position, starting from the back, I think I was happy to just try to understand a bit more from our package, because at the moment, we know we were not displaying the performance that we should.”
“And it's still not great, but at least there are a couple of good signs of performance."
The Frenchman commented on how he discussed the situation with race directors in a meeting: “I spent 40 minutes with Niels and Eduardo this [Sunday] morning trying to discuss and find a way that everybody is happier.”
“At the moment, they have a huge amount of work. They're not making their life very easy. Clearly in this Turn 5, 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.”
In addition, Gasly expressed how, the difference in material between the evidence available in his case and that of his colleagues, influenced the final decision on something that ended up dictating in a big way what his race was like on Sunday.
“Yeah, they were using CCTV and in my case, there was nothing else.”
“Checo had these onboards. For whatever reason, I had a helmet cam, which didn't allow any other camera basically to check whether I was on track or not. I've seen the footage, and to me it was arguable.”
"To me you either have the right tools to police in the fairest way, or in that case you should not do it. And that's what we discussed.”
“I know that for next year, they're already looking at different options but unfortunately, I was the one paying the consequences of this happening this season."
The topic is also one that everyone in the paddock is talking about, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner commented: “I think the drivers have voiced their opinions within the briefing and I think that, hopefully, hopefully, these things will be on top of a bit quicker.”