F1 driver slapped with 50-place grid penalty for British Grand Prix | F1 | Sport

Pierre Gasly will start the British Grand Prix from the back of the grid after picking up five separate 10-place grid penalties, totalling a 50-spot deduction, for exceeding his seasonal allocation of several power unit components.

The Alpine driver heads into the race at Silverstone on a four-race point-scoring streak following a dramatic upturn in form for the Enstone-based outfit, but keeping that run going at the British GP will now be a tough task.

Gasly breached his allocation of the internal combustion engine, turbo charger, MGU-H, MGU-K and control electronics for the race at Silverstone, picking up a 10-second penalty for each case.

Gasly’s recovery job will be made much more difficult by a compromised final free practice session. The Frenchman had a spin in sector three, sending him into the gravel and out of the cockpit after just eight minutes.

Addressing his start to the weekend on Friday, Gasly said: “Jack [Doohan] ran the car in FP1 today and once again did a great job working with the team and getting useful data, although he did not get as much running in as expected due to a red flag. I will have to take a grid penalty on Sunday for a change of Power Unit and battery.

„For FP2, I was mainly then trying to get a first feeling of the car at this track. And I have to say I am not satisfied so far with how the car felt, although of course we only got minimal running in. As I will start from last position on Sunday, the focus for the rest of the weekend will be to get the car set-up and balance in the right window for the race so we can attack.

„There is lots of work for us to do overnight and the rest of the weekend, but I hope for Sunday we can be in a position again to move up the field and possibly fight for some points.”

Despite the setback of his bumper grid penalty, sacrificing his weekend at Silverstone will stand him in good stead heading into the final two race weekends before the summer shut-off.

Alpine are on a clear upward trajectory and with Gasly’s future already safe following confirmation of his multi-year contract extension, the 28-year-old can continue to build with the Enstone-based team.

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