Gasly to start Azerbaijan GP from pit lane

Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Pierre Gasly will start the Baku race from the pit lane after missing a call to the weighbridge during free practice two.

The Red Bull driver will start the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the pit lane after the stewards ruled that he had broken regulations by missing a call to the FIA weighbridge area.

At the end of the second free practice session, Gasly failed to spot the illuminated signals from the FIA technical staff and continued to drive to the Red Bull pit box.

The team then carried out a practice pit stop before wheeling the car back into the garage.

Immediately following the session, FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer reported:

“At the end of the P2, at 18:31hrs, car number 10, driver Pierre Gasly, did not stop for weighing when
asked to do so by the traffic lights showing the red light and his car number. Further the team did not
make any attempts to immediately bring back the car, but carried out a pit-stop practice instead.”

After the matter was brought to the stewards, Gasly was found to have breached regulations, with the stewards issuing the following statement:

“The Stewards reviewed video evidence and heard from the driver of car 10 (Pierre Gasly) and the team representative and determined that the driver failed to stop for weighing when required to do so.”

“Instead, he drove on and proceeded to do a pit stop where the car was worked on by lifting the car and all four wheels were changed, in breach of Article 29.1 a). Under Article 29.1 a) the penalty for this infringement is specified to be for the car to start from the pit lane and we so order.”

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