Gasly “surprised” Leclerc incident was not under investigation

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 01: Pierre Gasly of Scuderia AlphaTauri and France during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 01, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202107010071 // Usage for editorial use only //

Pierre Gasly admitted that he did not understand why Charles Leclerc was not under investigation after crashing into him on the first lap of the Styrian GP.

Right after the first corner in Styria, Leclerc touched the rear left tire of Gasly, braking the front wing of his SF21, and causing a puncture to the Frenchman. That forced Gasly to retire from the race, scoring zero points.

“I must say I was a bit surprised at the time that there was no further investigation,” said Gasly.

The AlphaTauri driver also pointed out that Valtteri Bottas received a three-place grid penalty for something that happened during free practice and did not compromise anyone.

“It wasn’t done on purpose, it’s not something Charles deliberately did, but for sure it had quite a big consequence on my race.

“Especially after seeing Valtteri getting three grid [place] penalties for losing control of his car in the pit lane, but not affecting anyone else’s race, this which had an impact on my race, I must say I was a bit surprised.”

Finally, Gasly admitted that even though Leclerc received a penalty it would have not changed his race since he would have retired anyway. However, he would like to talk about that with Michael Masi, Formula 1 racing director.

“At the end of the day I just care about my race and it would have not changed anything on that side. But just something we’re probably going to talk about with Michael.”

“The clear thing is it would not have changed my race,” he added. “I think the damage was already done. In the end, it doesn’t matter to me.”

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