He believes that the current system should be adjusted to take into account the increase in the number of events, including the six sprints on the 2023 program.
The Frenchman is currently on 10 points, and if he reaches 12 before losing his first score at the end of May, he could be banned for one run.
Others closing in on the limit are Lance Stroll with eight points, Alex Albon with seven and Fernando Alonso with six. However, all will release their first scores at the start of the 2023 season. Daniel Ricciardo, who has no race in 2023, also scored eight points this year.
Gasly racked up his 10 points for various infractions, including leaving too big a gap behind the safety car in Austin. He has been pushing for a change in the system for a few months.
“I try not to think because I don’t see myself as a stupid driver or a dangerous driver,” he said. “I try to be careful of all the, say, stupid penalty points you might lose with procedures and stuff like that.
“So I try to be on top of that. I think my approach to racing has been the same. And I really hope we can review the whole system over the winter, because I think I won’t be the only one in trouble if we continue like this.
“And it will be a shame to see four or five drivers banned for one race and to have a championship with guys missing a race.”
Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri AT03
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Gasly pointed out that the topic is a regular topic of conversation within the GPDA, with the extended schedule a cause for concern as it creates more opportunities to rack up points.
“We talk about it all the time. And some guys are only four points with 24 runs and six sprints, so 30 runs a year, and when it was introduced we only had 19 or 20 runs. So, clearly, it will make sense to get more points on this license.
“But I think the FIA will look into this issue and find solutions to make it fairer for everyone.”