In the first lap, the Frenchman, who had qualified sixth, had his left rear tire pinched by the front wing of his friend Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari, causing a puncture.
Damage to the AlphaTauri made it become a moving danger to its rivals and in turn 3 it was again struck by Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo, the duo also interfering with Nicholas’ Williams. Latifi.
Gasly returned to the pits with his right front wheel off the ground and damaged rear suspension, which meant retirement was inevitable, costing him the chance to capitalize on another strong qualifying performance.
It was only the second time this season that the 25-year-old failed to finish in points, following the inaugural Bahraini Grand Prix in which he was also involved in a collision in the first round, this time with Daniel Ricciardo. .
Speaking of the latest incident, which the stewards chose not to investigate, Gasly said: “There was contact and I completely slashed the entire rear. I found myself on three wheels, even two wheels at one point, so definitely not what we wanted.
“It’s a real shame because it has been an amazing weekend so far and I’m really disappointed that I can’t fight for the points because we had a great package this weekend. “
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When asked if he had watched a replay, Gasly replied, “Not yet – in the end, that’s not going to change what happened.
“I was in the middle of the straight when it happened so I don’t think I can do much and that’s a shame. It’s really frustrating and you know how important it is to score points all the time. As soon as you are out of the race, it costs you dearly in the championship and now it is only a question of moving on to the next weekend.
“I can accept that the rest of the weekend went very well, so we will try to repeat that next weekend. “
Gasly’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda did score one point, however, finishing 10th after starting a lower spot due to a grid penalty for hampering Valtteri Bottas in qualifying.
AlphaTauri Technical Director Jody Egginton said: “We are clearly disappointed to have only one car to finish the race today, due to the flat tire and rear suspension damage suffered by Pierre, but we managed to score with Yuki, which is a step forward for him.
“It limited, to a certain extent, the points lost against the other teams in the championship, but at the same time, we naturally expected more given our starting positions.
“The pace we’ve shown here has always been pretty good from session to session. “
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