Verstappen under investigation for double wave yellow flag violation

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Max Verstappen is under investigation for violation of the double wave yellow flag rules during qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver and a representative of the team have been ordered to report to the stewards at 13:00 local time [10amUK] Sunday, four hours before the start of the race.

This follows a puncture on Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri at the end of Q3 when the French driver was on his hot second lap on the Losail international circuit.

This resulted in double wave yellow flags that force a driver to slow down considerably and be ready to stop.

It is understood that Verstappen established his best final sector in his own second run after passing a set of control lights that displayed a yellow double wave scenario en route to improve his overall lap time.

If the stewards find Verstappen guilty, his lap time will be waived in accordance with a clarification issued by FIA Race Director Michael Masi ahead of the United States Grand Prix.

In the notes of the event, Masi wrote: “Any driver passing through a yellow double wave yard area should significantly reduce speed and be prepared to change direction or stop.

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

At the moment, Verstappen is currently second on the grid behind Lewis Hamilton after finishing almost half a second behind.

Verstappen’s first lap in the session was one minute 21.424 seconds, still 0.054 seconds ahead of third-placed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.

Stewards may still have the discretion to apply a three-place penalty depending on the seriousness of the offense.


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