Qatar GP: Max Verstappen to meet with F1 stewards ahead of race over alleged yellow flags rules breach


The championship leader has been called to the stewards at 10am on Sunday to explain alleged breach of double-waved yellow flags rule; Verstappen improved on his final lap of qualifying, when Pierre Gasly’s car was stopped on pit straight, to secure second behind Lewis Hamilton on grid

Last Updated: 20/11/21 6:02pm

Paul Di Resta takes a closer look at Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's fastest laps in qualifying

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Paul Di Resta takes a closer look at Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest laps in qualifying

Paul Di Resta takes a closer look at Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest laps in qualifying

F1 title leader Max Verstappen’s front-row starting position is under threat after he was summoned to meet with F1 stewards ahead of Sunday’s Qatar GP for allegedly failing to slow for yellow flags on his final lap of qualifying.

F1 title leader Max Verstappen’s front-row starting position is under threat after he was summoned to meet with F1 stewards ahead of Sunday’s Qatar GP for allegedly failing to slow for yellow flags on his final lap of qualifying.

The Red Bull driver, who leads the championship by 14 points, qualified second behind a dominant Lewis Hamilton but will now heads to the stewards at 10am UK time. The race is at 2pm.

Verstappen would almost certainly receive a grid penalty were the stewards to rule against him.

On the final laps of Q3, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly stopped on the inside of the pit straight after his front tyre punctured.

Verstappen was the last driver on track in the session and improved on his final attempt to consolidate his second place on the grid.

“Not respecting double waved yellow flags,” said the stewards of the alleged offence when issuing the summons to Verstappen on Saturday night, nearly three hours after the incident in question.

What do the regulations say?

The alleged breach of the rules relates to both the FIA International Sporting Code and the race director’s event notes in Qatar.

“Any driver passing through a double waved yellow marshalling sector must reduce speed significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop,” reads Article 7.1 of the event notes this weekend.

“In order for the stewards to be satisfied that any such driver has complied with these requirements it must be clear that he has not attempted to set a meaningful lap time, for practical purposes any driver in a double yellow sector will have that lap time deleted.”



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