Alpine’s Pierre Gasly moved away from the risk of a Formula One race ban on Monday after dropping two of the 10 penalty points accrued for a series of minor offences over the past year.
Twelve points in a 12-month period triggers an automatic suspension.
The first two of Gasly’s points were collected when he was driving for AlphaTauri at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 22 last year and collided with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll.
The cancellation of last Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola removed the risk of Gasly incurring any more points before the ones from Spain expired.
The Frenchman, who reached his tally of 10 in Mexico last October, still has more penalty points than any other driver on the starting grid.
Formula One stewards have adopted a new approach to penalty points this season, restricting them to examples of unsafe driving rather than breaches of the sporting rules such as exceeding track limits.
Four of Gasly’s 10 to Monday were for collisions, two for speeding after red flags were waved, two for being too far behind the safety car and the others for repeatedly exceeding track limits and gaining an advantage by going off.
The showcase Monaco Grand Prix is next up this weekend.
Risk of F1 race ban recedes as Pierre Gasly sheds penalty points