Gasly facing 'difficult to accept' penalty
Toro Rosso Formula 1 drivers Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly will likely take grid penalties for the Brazilian Grand Prix, with Gasly calling his recent sequence "difficult to accept".
Although a final decision will be taken by the team on Friday morning, both drivers are bracing themselves for the worst - and could find themselves relegated to the back of the grid.
Hartley's situation appears clear after the Renault engine failure that put him out of the Mexican Grand Prix, while Gasly, who managed to finish the race, also expects to require some new engine components for Interlagos.
"It is not confirmed yet, but it looks like it," said Gasly on the prospect of an engine penalty.
"It looks like we will have to start from the back of the grid, which makes it of course pretty difficult.
"But it is something we cannot really change. We have to accept it if we take it. It doesn't change the target in the end, it just makes it a bit tougher."
Having faced several engine penalties in Mexico for new power unit elements, completed hardly any laps in practice and none in qualifying, Gasly admitted the situation was difficult for him to accept.
Asked about what he had found toughest about F1 since joining the grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Frenchman said: "Having to in a way accept all the penalties you can have. It is something I was never used to having in the lower series.
"There, when you qualify in a certain position, you are sure to start in that position. But here, sometimes, even if I did not do qualifying in Mexico, we knew already that unless we qualified in the top three we would be starting from the back of the grid.
"It is something that is a bit difficult to accept, but that is the way it works."