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(L to R): Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri; Lance Stroll, Aston Martin; Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 2022

Pierre Gasly was given two penalty points on his licence after the stewards ruled he was to blame for the collision which sent Lance Stroll into a spin.

The stewards also penalised Alexander Albon for repeatedly running off the circuit during the race.

Gasly finished 13th, two places ahead of Stroll, despite his five-second time penalty for the collision at turn one. After reviewing footage of the collision the stewards acknowledged the AlphaTauri driver lacked grip when the pair made contact but deemed he was entirely responsible for the contact.

“Stroll was fully alongside on the outside of Gasly from turn-in to the apex, and gave Gasly sufficient room,” they noted. “Gasly understeered into Stroll and the stewards found him wholly at fault for the collision, although the collision was more due to a lack of grip.”

Gasly said he “takes the blame” for the collision. “It was hard racing, there was [a] small contact but I take the responsibility, if this deserves a five-second penalty.” The two penalty points for the collision puts Gasly on a total of four.

Albon was given a single penalty point for a series of excursions off-track. He was shown the black-and-white flag at one stage for running wide too many times.

Albon was also given a five-second time penalty, but as he finished last of the 18 drivers who reached the chequered flag it made no difference to his final result.

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