Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi have both picked up grid penalties as for impeding other drivers during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Red Bull’s Gasly had originally qualified in fifth place but held up Romain Grosjean in Q2, forcing his fellow Frenchman to hit the brakes hard exiting Casino Square and lock up while trying to avoid running into the back of Gasly’s car. The stewards decided the team should have given Gasly more warning as he was unlikely to see Grosjean approaching, and as a result handed out a three-place grid penalty and one penalty point.
While the penalty does not benefit Grosjean – who dropped out of Q2 in 13th place as a result – it does promote his teammate Kevin Magnussen to fifth on the grid ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, as Gasly drops to eighth.
Giovinazzi was found guilty of a similar incident with Nico Hulkenberg, holding up the German on the run to Rascasse. The stewards found that Giovinazzi was also warned extremely late by Alfa Romeo, but also determined that the Italian should not have been in the middle of the track on a warm-up lap and therefore issued the same three-place grid penalty.
As a result of Giovinazzi’s drop from 15th to 18th, Charles Leclerc moves up one place into P15 ahead of the Racing Point pair of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
Leclerc, Hulkenberg and Perez were all investigated for missing the weighbridge during qualifying, but no further action was taken as the FIA decided the light calling them to stop had not been activated early enough for the drivers to see it.