Pierre Gasly has been reprimanded for impeding Lewis Hamilton during the first practice session at Suzuka in an incident which forced the Mercedes driver to take evasive action.
This is Gasly’s second reprimand for a driver incident this year. If he receives a third reprimand, even for an incident which is not driving-related, he will receive a 10-place grid penalty.
According to the stewards Gasly did not deny he had held Hamilton up.
“On approaching turn 16, car number 10 [Gasly] slowed down significantly on the racing line. Car 44 [Hamilton] was approaching at racing speed on a hot lap and had to take evasive action to avoid car 10.
“The driver of car number 10 admitted that he impeded car 44 and acknowledged that he ought to have stayed on the right hand side of the track and had left it too late to move off the racing line.
“As this occurred in free practice, we imposed a reprimand on the driver of car number 10.”
This article will be updated.
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