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Pierre Gasly ordered to start Azerbaijan Grand Prix from pitlane

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly will have to start the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the pitlane after he failed to stop for a weighbridge check in second practice

Gasly was returning to the pits after the session and was told over the radio to "attack" the pitlane entry before a planned practice stop.

But in doing that, Gasly failed to spot that his number had flashed up on the FIA board ordering him to stop for a mandatory weight check.

He continued to his pit box and the team completed a tyre change.

The FIA then summoned Gasly for a stewards' investigation where he was deemed to have broken the rules.

A statement issued by the FIA said: "The stewards reviewed video evidence and heard from the driver of car #10 (Pierre Gasly) and the team representative and determined that the driver failed to stop for weighing when required to do so.

"Instead, he drove on and proceeded to do a pitstop where the car was worked on by lifting the car and all four wheels were changed, in breach of Article 29.1 a).

"Under Article 29.1 a) the penalty for this infringement is specified to be for the car to start from the pitlane and we so order."

Gasly's Baku penalty adds to a frustrating start to the season in which he has struggled to match the pace of team-mate Max Verstappen and is yet to get comfortable with his Red Bull's handling characteristics.

Red Bull has the right to appeal the FIA's decision to punish Gasly.

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